Ohio Man Imprisoned for Stealing Seized Bitcoin

~2 min read | Published on 2023-05-02, tagged ArrestedCryptocurrencySeized using 341 words.

An Ohio man was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison for stealing over 712 bitcoin that was subject to forfeiture in the Helix admin's case.

Gary James Harmon


According to the DoJ, the bitcoin that 31-year-old Gary James Harmon of Cleveland stole, had been seized during the investigation of his brother, Larry Dean Harmon, the creator and admin of Helix, a now-defunct darknet-based bitcoin tumbler.
Larry Harmon admitted he helped dark web users launder funds by operating Helix from 2014 to 2017. Helix helped its users move over 350,000 bitcoin, valued at over $300 million at the time of the transactions. Federal agents arrested Larry Harmon on February 6, 2020, and seized several hardware crypto wallets. The investigators were not able to gain access to the wallets.
In April 2020, shortly after Larry Harmon was released pending trial, Gary Harmon reportedly recovered the wallets seized from his brother. He then moved a total of 712.6003 bitcoin in eight transactions to wallets under his control.

The Bitcoin transfers


The transactions were discovered by the investigators monitoring the seized wallets resulting in an emergency hearing on April 28, where Larry Harmon was ordered to give the investigators access to the wallets. The investigators gained access to 16 wallets and seized a total of over 4168 bitcoin from eight of the wallets. The investigators discovered that the other eight had been emptied.
In August 2020, Gary Harmon began moving the bitcoin he had stolen through undisclosed bitcoin mixers. He also started cashing out and making large purchases.
Gary Harmon was charged in a 10-count indictment filed on June 28, 2021. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud and obstruction of justice on January 6, 2023.
In addition to the 4 years and three months in federal prison, US District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell handed Gary Harmon three years of supervised release and ordered him to forfeit 647.41 bitcoin, 2.14 Ethereum, 17,404,400.64 dogecoin, and other assets.
Larry Harmon pleaded guilty to money laundering in August 2021 and agreed to forfeit more than 4,400 bitcoin. His sentencing hearing's date has not been determined.

Comments (18)


mrghost2023-05-02
94527554

where they sale that ,

goofy2023-05-02
4dc564b0

only in ohio

Dead Kennedys2023-05-05
fc275609

blud aint funny

Dark dead2023-05-06
233f062b

shut the fuck up 💀

Billy2023-05-02
bf886810

"In addition to the 4 years and three months in federal prison, US District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell handed Gary Harmon three years of supervised release and ordered him to forfeit 647.41 bitcoin, 2.14 Ethereum, 17,404,400.64 dogecoin, and other assets." The initial amount was 712 BTC. So he win. 5 years of prison for 65 BTC it is a good deal.

getaJob2023-05-05
be299b58

4 years in prison is not a win. Fuck off

jehovahs witness2023-05-16
78626b0a

plus anything they didn't find. shit id say thats a win too

Orain ordea beste 2023-05-05
2975cbf5

Absolute kingpin. What a madlad. Fuck the feds tho, he won that BTC fair and square that's the name of the game after all.

Bobby Hill2023-06-01
ae7c1177

Damn right fuck the feds thier the ones why this country is so fucked working for them damn reptilians and dark eleve’s!! Anyways I wasn’t lucky enough to be born with a silver spoon in my mouth so dream big bc life is what you make it!!

Stalehigh2023-05-11
38dd222f

fair deal!

Duder2023-05-12
1cb716ac

That is sooo much money. So. Much.

Yourmumsnan2023-05-16
6d87f2b0

What a legend, only problem is dumbass used webcams not actual cameras and made large purchases 💀

Sad :(2023-05-19
e128ee38

That's sad

TheMan2023-06-14
e47106f0

of course its in ohio:P

Ohio Final Boss2023-07-11
bbdbfde7

Down in Ohio Swag like Ohio

Emo_2023-07-17
f38f8cb4

And I can't make it on my owwwwn because my heart is in Ohiooooo

6loxxx2023-08-04
d2b7f557

I want to work with this dude.

Anonymous2023-11-23
ba94087d

Good for fuckin him. Good for fuckin him. lol