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Michael Avenatti Arrested for Felony Domestic Violence, Confident He’ll Be Exonerated

November 15, 2018 |

5:50 PM PT — Avenatti bailed out and held a brief news conference, saying, “I have never struck a woman. I will never strike a woman.” He added he’s looking forward to the investigation and is confident he’ll be “fully exonerated.”  …

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Felony Charges in Alleged Day Care Fight Club Incident

November 6, 2018 |

Two St. Louis day care workers are facing felony charges after preschool children in their care were encouraged to fight each other. St. Louis prosecutors charged 28-year-old Mickala Guliford and 22-year-old Tena Dailey with first-degree endangering a child. A summons was issued Monday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports charging documents…
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Daz Dillinger Arrested for Marijuana Possession, Facing 13 Felony Counts

September 26, 2018 |

Daz Dillinger got busted for allegedly having a bunch of weed in his Georgia home … and now he’s facing multiple felony charges. Tha Dogg Pound rapper was arrested Tuesday just before midnight at his place in Powder Springs — about 20 miles…

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‘Basketball Wives’ star Gloria Govan arrested, charged with felony child endangerment: report

September 2, 2018 |

“Basketball Wives” star Gloria Govan has been arrested and charged with felony child endangerment, according to reports.
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‘Basketball Wives’ Star Gloria Govan Arrested for Felony Child Endangerment

September 1, 2018 |

6:00 AM PT — Govan was released after posting $ 100,000 bail.  “Basketball Wives” star Gloria Govan was arrested for felony child endangerment after a dangerous fight with her ex-husband … which cops say put their kids at risk. Sources with…

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CW’s ‘The 100’ Star Marie Avgeropoulos Arrested for Felony Domestic Violence

August 14, 2018 |

An actress who plays a post-apocalyptic juvenile delinquent on TV allegedly went nuclear on her BF in real life and got busted by cops. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Marie Avgeropoulos — who stars as Octavia Blake on CW’s hit sci-fi…

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El DeBarge Arrested in L.A. for Felony Vandalism

July 17, 2018 |

“Rhythm of the Night” singer El DeBarge took matters into his own hands, and cops busted him for taking a wrench to some guy’s windshield … according to law enforcement sources. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … DeBarge got into an…

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Page Kennedy Arrested for Felony Domestic Violence

March 12, 2018 |

“S.W.A.T.” star Page Kennedy has been arrested for felony domestic violence … TMZ has learned. The 41-year-old actor, whose credits include “Bones” and “Cold Case,” was allegedly in a fight at his home Saturday night with a woman. Law enforcement…

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Boys Face Felony Charges After 500K Bees Killed

January 18, 2018 |

This should take a bit of the sting out of their loss. A few days after Christmas, Justin and Tori Englehardt discovered someone had destroyed every beehive on their Wild Hill Honey farm, the Des Moines Register reports. According to the BBC , the destruction of the 50 hives in Sioux…
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Three Kenyans Face Felony Charges for Selling Bitcoin to a Bank Robber

December 4, 2017 |

Three Kenyans Face Felony Charges for Selling Bitcoin to a Bank Robber

One of the fundamental aspects of money is that its origins are irrelevant for its use or value (Pecunia non olet), also called fungibility. Simply put, one shouldn’t face charges if someone used ill-gotten funds to buy something from oneself. This principal is now under question in Kenya where three bitcoin traders have gotten into trouble with the law for unknowingly dealing with an alleged criminal.

Also read: Gold Mining Company’s Shares Jump 1,300% After Switch to Bitcoin

The Charges

Three Kenyans Face Felony Charges for Selling Bitcoin to a Bank RobberEmma Kariuki, Stanley Mumo and Timothy Gachehe were brought before the Kenyan federal court in Nairobi on conspiracy to commit a felony charges last week. The three are accused of participation in the theft of 10.2 million Kenyan shillings from a local bank and M-pesa (African mobile payments service operator).

This money was allegedly robbed from I&M Bank and Safaricom Pay (Bill No 517822). Part of it was then sent to the bank accounts of the three defendants.

According to a news report from the country, the Kenyans deny any involvement in the heist. Apparently they have been trading bitcoin for fiat on Localbitcoins for the past five years and the transfers from the alleged bank robber were just another payment for a deal, as far as they knew. They even have the chat transcripts to prove that they sold Ƀ1.2 to Localbitcoins user ‘BADASS20’ in exchange for the stolen loot.

Three Kenyans Face Felony Charges for Selling Bitcoin to a Bank Robber
BADASS20 on Localbitcoins.com

The three posted bail of half a million Kenyan shillings in cash and were released until an hearing set for January 18. Their bank accounts were also frozen. The investigative authorities have not yet identified who is behind the ‘BADASS20’ moniker.

Dangerous Precedent

Three Kenyans Face Felony Charges for Selling Bitcoin to a Bank RobberUnlike large financial institutions that can employ costly and vast arrays of lawyers in regulatory compliance departments, individuals can not be expected to have AML and KYC procedures for dealing with other people.

If the three will be found to unknowingly have helped a bank robber with evading the law or laundering his spoils but are still convicted, it could create a chilling effect on bitcoin use in the country.

Many Kenyans have so far benefited from bitcoin as can be seen from its growing use in the country. Just recently a Kenyan miner made headlines around the world when he described the cryptocurrency as “the biggest wealth-distribution system ever.”

How would you defend yourself in such a case? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.


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