Former Ethereum programmer Virgil Griffith will serve 63 months in jail and pay a $100,000 fine for aiding North Koreans in using cryptocurrencies to avoid sanctions. According to sources, Griffith pled guilty in September to one count of conspiring to violate UN sanctions on North Korea.
Griffith’s lead attorney, Brian Klein, asked Judge Castel to consider elements that he claimed were not taken into consideration in the prosecution’s sentencing guidelines, such as the harsh conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where Griffith has been held since he was taken into custody.
According to Klein, Griffith was forced to use his sink as a toilet and was subjected to “many truly hard and terrible situations” at MDC, including extended solitary confinement, No family visits, restricted access to blankets and winter clothing, and even being compelled to use his sink as a toilet because to COVID-19 breakouts
Virgil Griffith, A Former Ethereum Developer, Sentenced To Five or More Years
According to reports, Klein sought that the judge count Griffith’s ten months in prison as double time and that his client is sent to Allenwood Low, a low-security federal prison in Pennsylvania, where he could be closer to extended family.
Klein also informed Judge Castel about Griffith’s recent psychological examination, which found that he was suffering from two personality disorders: narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) (OCPD).
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When Griffith was allowed to speak, he told the court that he had spent his time in jail thinking about how he “genuinely, arrogantly, and erroneously felt it was his family and friends who had told him not to go. I knew more than they did.
According to a series of text chats and emails examined by Judge Castel, Griffith acknowledged sharing intelligence with North Korea with the express purpose of supporting the despotic Kim government is dodging sanctions.
Griffith made a presentation at the conference, dressed in a similar North Korean outfit and standing in front of a whiteboard that said, “No sanctions!.