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Indictment Order Issued Against Leaders of the Geek Group for Their Role Using BTC in an Illegal Money Transmission Business

A U.S. District Court has indicted three individuals behind the now-defunct Geek Group for their role in running an illegal money transmission business that used bitcoin to move funds across states. According to the indictment documents, it was Christopher Allan Boden then president of the Geek Group, who “sold bitcoin to numerous customers, in exchange for U.S. currency, primarily cash.”
Violation of Money Transmission Laws
The indictment of Boden and his accomplices comes more than two years after federal law enforcement raided the Michigan-based not-for-profit organization. Immediately after the raid, the Geek Group, which had previously been involved in charity work, announced the shut down of the organization.
Meanwhile, as the indictment documents show, Boden would obtain the BTC from Daniel Reynold Dejager, who lived in Washington. As part of their conspiracy, Dejager would “periodically travel to Michigan to meet with Boden.”
According to their adopted practice, Boden alongside Leesa Beth Vogt and others, “would deposit cash received from their customers into a bank account to which Dejager had access.” Alternatively, a transfer of cash to Dejager would be made and Dejager would then “use that currency to purchase additional bitcoin.”
However, according to the U.S. indictment, this arrangement was not in compliance with the relevant laws. In the indictment, the prosecutors said:
During the period relevant to this indictment, none of Boden, Vogt, Dejager and The Geek Group, (also known as the National Science Institute) was registered as a money services business or money transmitter with …
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