According to investigative reporter Matthew Russell Lee from Inner City Press, former Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith violated the bail terms and was detained. According to reports, the U.S. Attorney’s Office revoked Griffith’s bail because he allegedly tried to access the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.
The report says Virgil Griffith has violated his bond terms
At the end of November 2019, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) arrested former Ethereum Foundation member Virgil Griffith on suspicion of “assisting North Korea in evading sanctions.”
After the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan revealed the news, the cryptocurrency community broke out in anger. One year and eight months later, Griffith was released on bail, but Matthew Russell Lee of the Inner City News Agency reported that he was recently detained. Griffith allegedly violated the terms of bail and the SDNY judge who presided over his case arrested him.
“Virgil Griffith was surrounded by two U.S. Marshals and took off his belt before being taken into the detention room,” Russell Lee wrote Tuesday. “His lawyer, Mr. Klein, when [Inner City Press] Asked, saying that he had no opinion. Virgil’s father, whom the Inner City Press had previously spoken to, nodded. “
According to reports, the login and login of Griffith’s mother was a “misunderstanding”
A report from mon-livret.fr written in French and shared by Russell Lee explains what happened to Griffith. The former Ethereum developer allegedly tried to access the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase through his account, but his mother reportedly logged into the account.
His bail clause stated that he was not allowed to access any of his cryptocurrency accounts while under house arrest in Alabama. Griffith’s lawyers argued that logging in was a “misunderstanding”, and Griffith’s lawyers reportedly claimed that he did not need his mother to log in.
The report emphasized that Judge Custer of the SDNY court refused to hear the lawyer’s arguments. Castel explained that due to the rising price of Ethereum (ETH), the reason for creating the bond clause was that Griffith would not become a flying risk.
After the judge’s statement and Klein’s argument, Custer ordered Griffith to be detained immediately. If convicted for allegedly teaching North Korea “how to use blockchain technology”, Griffith will face up to 20 years in federal prison.
A petition submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the Change.org website indicated that there was a formal request to release Griffith from prison. The petition was created in November 2019 after Griffith was arrested. In the past year and a half, it has only managed to obtain 319 of the 500 signatures.
“We seek to get Virgil Griffith to be released from prison and to drop all pending charges,” the creator of the Change.org petition detailed.
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