The Department regulates monetary system companies and merchandise, which embody cryptocurrency-related companies. It awards the 2 kinds of licenses that many crypto companies search – a cash transmitter license and a BitLicense.
Previous expertise: Silk Road, cryptocurrency, FIFA
The announcement quotes the superintendent of monetary system companies Linda A. Lacewell on the previous achievements of the brand new normal counsel Richard Weber:
“Rich brings unchallenged integrity, legal acumen, and direction experience to DFS. His extensive leadership experience and depth of legal cognition will be vital in portion the state emerge stronger and safer from this unexampled crisis.”
The announcement in addition factors to his earlier expertise on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and his position in a couple of of its outstanding investigations together with Silk Road:
“At the IRS, Mr. Weber led a team of over 3500, managing complex investigations of business enterprise crimes involving money laundering, tax, sanctions evasion, cyber, cryptocurrency, bribery/foreign corruption, fraud and violent financing. Mr. Weber supervised and conducted significant money laundering and sanction evasion investigations and prosecutions against business enterprise institutions and spearheaded high visibility investigations into FIFA and Silk Road and was responsible over the forfeiture of over $15 billion in criminal penalties.”
History of Silk Road
Silk Road was a darknet market operated by Ross Ulbricht that was introduced down by the FBI in 2013. Ulbricht is at the moment serving two life sentences plus 40 years for his involvement.
It is just not clear whether or not Weber was introduced on particularly for his experience in investigation crypto-related crimes. In addition to the Silk Road case, he was a part of different high-visibility investigations equivalent to corruption in FIFA, and had beforehand labored for UBS and Deutsche Bank.