Federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York have filed a four count indictment against Charlie Shrem and Robert M. Faiella. On January 27, 2014, Charlie Shrem and Robert M. Faiella were arrested by F.B.I. agents for allegedly engaging in a scheme “to sell over $1 million in Bitcoins to criminals bent on trafficking narcotics on the dark web drug site, Silk Road.” Since then, lawyers representing Shrem and Faiella engaged in discussions with prosecutors in a possible attempt to negotiate plea bargain agreements for his clients. Prosecutors delayed filing indictments in the case. Apparently, prosecutors are not satisfied with the progress of the talks and are turning up the heat on Shrem and Faiella by filing an indictment.
Sam E. Antar
I am a convicted felon and a former CPA. As the criminal CFO of Crazy Eddie, I helped my cousin Eddie Antar and other members of his family mastermind one of the largest securities frauds uncovered during the 1980’s. I committed my crimes in cold-blood for fun and profit, and simply because I could. If it weren’t for the heroic efforts of the FBI, SEC, Postal Inspector’s Office, US Attorney’s Office, and class action plaintiff’s lawyers who investigated, prosecuted, and sued me, I would still be the criminal CFO of Crazy Eddie today. I do not want or seek forgiveness for my vicious crimes from my victims. My past sins are unforgivable.
There is a saying, “It takes one to know one.” I’ve provided professional work for the FBI, IRS, SEC, Justice Department, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies in training them to identify fraud and catch white-collar criminals. Often, I refer cases to them as an independent whistleblower. I teach white-collar crime classes for various government entities, professional organizations, businesses, and colleges and universities. I provide forensic accounting services for law firms and other clients.
I do not own any Bitcoins and have no affiliation with Charlie Shrem, or Robert M. Faiella.