DeepDotWeb Owner Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering through Cryptocurrencies
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Tal Prihar, an Israeli citizen, who owned DeepDotWeb (DDW), a news site dedicated to events in and surrounding the dark web, pleaded guilty to receiving over $8 million in kickbacks from purchases of fentanyl, firearms, and other contraband, iHodl Russia reports. Prihar was arrested with his co-defendant Michael Phan.

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Besides information about the Darknet, DDW also provided users with links to illegal Darknet marketplaces. For providing these links, Prihar and Phan received over $8 million from the marketplaces in the form of cryptocurrencies, including approximately 8,155 BTC (EXANTE: Bitcoin). Prihar has already agreed to forfeit $8,414,173.

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Robinson claims the technique "has long been used for the delivery of drugs," and now is being used to hide traces for the exchange of cryptocurrency for fiat currency.

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