Feds Launch Digital Currency Enforcement Unit
3 min read

Feds Launch Digital Currency Enforcement Unit

By News Desk

The US Justice Department has formed a new federal crypto unit and appointed its first Director.

Announced yesterday, the Department named Eun Young Choi to serve as the first Director of the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET). Eun Young Choi is a prosecutor who led a case against a Russian hacker that helped steal information about more than 80 million JPMorgan & Chase customers.

According to the agency, the NCET was created to ensure that the Justice Department is able to properly address the illicit use of cryptocurrencies and digital assets. It is made up of prosecutors with backgrounds in cryptocurrency, cybercrime, money laundering and forfeiture.

The NCET will put a focus on supporting cases of criminal use of digital assets involving virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services, infrastructure providers, and “other entities that are enabling the misuse of cryptocurrency and related technologies to commit or facilitate criminal activity.”

“The NCET will set strategic priorities regarding digital asset technologies, identify areas for increased investigative and prosecutorial focus, and lead the department’s efforts to coordinate with domestic and international law enforcement partners, regulatory agencies and private industry to combat the criminal use of digital assets.”

Image via Shutterstock

First reported by Reuters, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced Choi’s appointment, and issued a warning to those seeking to misuse crypto.

“We are issuing a clear warning to criminals who use cryptocurrency to fuel their schemes,” Monaco said.

“We also call on all companies dealing with cryptocurrency – we need you to root out cryptocurrency abuses. To those who do not, we will hold you accountable where we can.”

Monaco added there was an international initiative to asses virtual currencies, and warned that “disruptive” measures would be taken against cyber threats.

“Moving forward, prosecutors, agents, and analysts will now assess – at each stage of a cyber investigation – whether to use disruptive actions against cyber threats, even if they might otherwise tip the cybercriminals off and jeopardize the potential for charges and apprehension,” she said.

The Justice Department’s new unit comes after nearly $4 billion in Bitcoin was seized from Bitfinex hackers, almost six years after it went missing from the crypto exchange. Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan have been accused of attempting to launder 119,754 BTC stolen from Bitfinex, and each face a charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and conspiracy to defraud the United States, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Both suspects are now out on bail.

Newsletter Inline

Disclaimer: These are the writer’s opinions and should not be considered investment advice. Readers should do their own research.

Latest Posts

CB conference
Coin Bureau Conference 2022 Recap
CB conference

Coin Bureau Conference 2022 Recap

May 13, 2022 12 min read
Blockchain Analytics Firm Chainalysis Valued at $8.6 Billion In Latest Raise
Blockchain Analytics Firm Chainalysis Valued at $8.6 Billion In Latest Raise
Blockchain Analytics Firm Chainalysis Valued at $8.6 Billion In Latest Raise

Blockchain Analytics Firm Chainalysis Valued at $8.6 Billion In Latest Raise

May 13, 2022 2 min read
Terra Halts Blockchain Completely Following Massive Collapse
Terra Halts Blockchain Completely Following Massive Collapse
Terra Halts Blockchain Completely Following Massive Collapse

Terra Halts Blockchain Completely Following Massive Collapse

May 13, 2022 2 min read
STEPN Review
Hustling Along with StepN
STEPN Review

Hustling Along with StepN

May 12, 2022 14 min read
Europe’s Largest Economy Announces Tax Break For Bitcoin and Ethereum

Europe’s Largest Economy Announces Tax Break For Bitcoin and Ethereum

May 12, 2022 2 min read
The Plan for Terra’s ‘Return to Form’ After Big Collapse, According to Do Kwon

The Plan for Terra’s ‘Return to Form’ After Big Collapse, According to Do Kwon

May 12, 2022 4 min read
Yield Guild Games Review
Yield Guild Games Southeast Asia (YGG SEA) Review- YGG’s First Regional SubDAO
Yield Guild Games Review

Yield Guild Games Southeast Asia (YGG SEA) Review- YGG’s First Regional SubDAO

May 11, 2022 23 min read

Related Posts

CB conference
Coin Bureau Conference 2022 Recap
CB conference

Coin Bureau Conference 2022 Recap

May 13, 2022 12 min read
STEPN Review
Hustling Along with StepN
STEPN Review

Hustling Along with StepN

May 12, 2022 14 min read
Illuvium Review
Illuvium: Has the ‘AAA’ NFT Gaming Messiah Arrived?
Illuvium Review

Illuvium: Has the ‘AAA’ NFT Gaming Messiah Arrived?

May 3, 2022 20 min read
Solana Portals Review
Solana Portals – User-first Metaverse Experience
Solana Portals Review

Solana Portals – User-first Metaverse Experience

April 30, 2022 14 min read
Should You Receive Your Salary in Crypto
Want your Salary Paid in Crypto? Maybe you SHOULD!
Should You Receive Your Salary in Crypto

Want your Salary Paid in Crypto? Maybe you SHOULD!

April 26, 2022 32 min read
Celsius Review
Celsius Network Review: Crypto Lending Personified
Celsius Review

Celsius Network Review: Crypto Lending Personified

April 22, 2022 27 min read
Binance vs Kucoin
Binance vs KuCoin Review 2022: Which Exchange is the Winner?
Binance vs Kucoin

Binance vs KuCoin Review 2022: Which Exchange is the Winner?

April 20, 2022 31 min read