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Update on the Case Against the Owner of the Sheep Marketplace

Sheep Marketplace was one of the online markets that gained popularity after the fall of Silk Road 1.0. The site’s alleged owner, Tomáš Jiřikovský, was arrested in March 2015 and little information has been released since his arrest, until now.

Jan Danek, head of the South Moravian police’s economic division, spoke with a local news outlet on the investigation and arrest of the Sheep Marketplace owner. Not only was Jiřikovský arrested for enabling a drug trade, but Moravian police are charging him also with the theft of millions of bitcoins, stolen from the site’s users.

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Although two Florida men were arrested for stealing 5,400 bitcoins from the Sheep Marketplace between 2013-2014, the number of bitcoins stolen by Jiřikovský is far greater. At the time, the amount stolen was reported to be worth around $40 million.

In the Florida case, law enforcement was able to trace the stolen bitcoins through services like Blockchain.info. Danek explains that following the Sheep Marketplace shut down, officers were able to trace suspicious transactions to bank accounts in a similar manner.

South Moravian police became aware of the Sheep Marketplace once the site disappeared, causing a major disturbance on the internet. Millions of dollars in bitcoins were stolen from users resulting in law enforcement being notified of a South Moravian man who was receiving suspicious transactions, while also fitting the profile of the site’s owner.

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Danek claims this man “magically got rich.” The exit-scam is unanimously known as the “biggest darknet scam ever.”

Law enforcement started tracing money that was deposited into the bank account of Eva Bartošová, Jiřikovský’s wife. $38,000 had been deposited from abroad, connecting her to the case for the very least, with money laundering charges. From there, more money was traced to Jiřikovský’s realtor where police discovered he purchased a house under his grandfather’s name for around $300,000.

Further investigation proved that Jiřikovský was the owner of the Sheep Marketplace. He had purchased a new home, news cars, luxury furniture, as well as expensive computers. Danek says that during their 9-month investigation, Jiřikovský’s new purchases totaled more than $800,000. Everything has since been seized, including the house and cars.

All of the money was laundered from foreign accounts. The bitcoins were exchanged overseas before deposited into both his account and his wife’s account via Air Bank.

Jiřikovský is in police custody and faces up to 12 years in prison for the theft of bitcoins and enabling a drug trade. His wife is charged with aiding him in laundering the money, but she is currently not being detained by police.

A spokesperson from the South Moravian prosecutor’s office, Hynek Olma, says that Bartošová, if convicted, could face eight years in prison.

8 comments

  1. Fuck the police(and their mothers)

    8 years for 40 million. Crime just doesn’t pay ;-)

  2. Darknet Vendor - who lost money on Sheep!

    PLEASE G-D, Jesus, Hashem, Krishna, Joseph Smith, Even Allah and any other powerful figures that we all respect and admire. Please I beg, please have Tomáš Jiřikovský, beaten and raped daily in prison. Please I beg you do not let him die, just let him suffer. Before Tomáš Jiřikovský is to be released, I pray you have a fellow inmate shove a shake up his asshole and kill him.

    He is a fat disgusting pig, who thank you karma his stupid ass got caught.

    If you see this and can make this piece of garbage suffer, we the community will respect you greatly.

    There is still a bounty on his cock and testicles…$$$

  3. Fuck the police(and their mothers)

    ‘Darknet Vendor – who lost money on Sheep!
    August 27, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    PLEASE G-D, Jesus, Hashem, Krishna, Joseph Smith, Even Allah and any other powerful figures that we all respect and admire. Please I beg, please have Tomáš Jiřikovský, beaten and raped daily in prison. Please I beg you do not let him die, just let him suffer. Before Tomáš Jiřikovský is to be released, I pray you have a fellow inmate shove a shake up his asshole and kill him.

    He is a fat disgusting pig, who thank you karma his stupid ass got caught.

    If you see this and can make this piece of garbage suffer, we the community will respect you greatly.

    There is still a bounty on his cock and testicles…$$$’

    I’m a part of the community & couldn’t disagree more.
    I think you’ll find a lot of the darknet market community are peaceful people.
    If you want to be a gangsta and murder people perhaps consider moving to Mexico, sounds like you’ll fit right in there my friend.

  4. LOL who would ever give trust to any market any money you receive should be cashed out immediately I don’t understand why people keep money constantly in their market wallet only put it in when you are going to buy something

  5. Back then everyone used escrow, sheep was the first market to out right steal everyone money. For all of silk roads flaws they did not steal, even paid back when hacked.

    Sheep stole the coins when bitcoin prices exploded to 1200. A lot of really good people lost a real good paycheck and for what? His stupid ass got caught and he lost all the money and is in prison.

    I hope he does get punished, there were many czech, eastern european, german, eu dealers who got cheated. The post above about retribution, maybe it happens.

    people should respect other peoples hard work and sacrifice. Unfortunately thats why many vendors do not do escrow anymore, which is unfortunate because it is a cool feature.

  6. He was exceptionally retarded.

    Anyone who knows how to use google could easily trace him and all his online activities easily. Idiot even hosted some sheep market place related stuff on his internet facing servers.

    He didn’t have any plan at all. Just stole the money and later transferred it to his family accounts.

    12 years is ridiculous compared to Ross Ulbricht. Ross at least is not scammer thief.

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