A former Goldman Sachs banker and ex-DJ has been charged with masterminding a global ‘cash-to-Bitcoin’ money-laundering scheme.
Thomas Spieker, 42 , along with his six co-conspirators, face numerous charges for alleged ‘dark-web drug sales’, identity theft and a catfishing scam under what Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg calls a global money laundering operation.
Prosecutors said Spieker – with the assistance of Dustin Sites, 33 – acted as a Bitcoin ATM, using bank and crypto exchange accounts to convert over $2.3million into Bitcoin and more than $380,000 Bitcoin into American dollars.
‘As alleged, this sprawling web of international money laundering helped drug traffickers, an organized crime ring, and scammers hide their criminal activity and transmit their proceeds around the globe,’ Bragg, who has been criticized since taking office for his soft-on-crime policies, said in a statement.
All seven defendants pled not guilty to a wide array of charges.
Thomas Spieker, a 42-year-old former ‘party producer’ according to the New York Times , along with his co-conspirators, used the electronic currency to make it possible to commit a wide range of crimes
Spieker is a former Goldmann Sachs equity derivatives specialist who has in the past been profiled as a DJ and ‘party producer’
Spieker is accused of, among other things, laundering over $38,000 to Zashan Khan (pictured left) and Cosma Siekierski to sell MDMA, Xanax and other counterfeit drugs under a…