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This article was published on July 3, 2019

Third person accused in Bitcoin-powered fake ID ring case pleads guilty

The first arrests were made last year

Third person accused in Bitcoin-powered fake ID ring case pleads guilty
Yessi Bello Perez
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Yessi Bello Perez

Former Senior Writer, Growth Quarters

A woman accused of running a Bitcoin-powered fake ID ring pleaded guilty on Tuesday after authorities busted the operation last year. 

Among other charges, Sarah Alberts, 35, who is due to be sentenced on October 8, admitted to money laundering, reports say.

Ohio-based co-defendants Mark Alex Simon, 35, and Aaron Kuns, 35, pleaded guilty, and are due to be sentenced on September 18.

Prosecutors said the group made and sold the counterfeit driver licenses and personal identification cards on Reddit between June, 2013, and February, 2018. Payments were made using Bitcoin.

Court documents say Simon processed orders and passed on photos, personal information, and mailing labels to Kuns.

Kuns was then tasked with making the fake documents and packaging them for delivery, while Alberts was responsible for picking up the orders and mailing them.

Simon will be required to forfeit $2.8 million in Bitcoin, while the government is pushing Kuns to hand over approximately $10,000 worth of the cryptocurrency.

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