Article: Freeman considered flight risk, remains locked up

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Freeman considered flight risk, remains locked up

Damien Fisher,  30 March 2021

CONCORD, NH – Free Keene leader Ian Freeman isn’t getting out of prison pending trial on federal money laundering charges after Judge Andrea Johnstone found he is a flight risk, and he poses a risk to the community.

Part of the allegations against Freeman is that he was laundering money through his Bitcoin business and Shire Free Church that criminal scammers got through various crimes. Johnston writes that Freeman knew for years his business was under investigation and that did not stop him from allegedly doing more harm. Continue reading “Article: Freeman considered flight risk, remains locked up”

Article: Claiming flight risk, judge orders Free Keene activist held until bitcoin money laundering trial

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Claiming flight risk, judge orders Free Keene activist held until bitcoin money laundering trial

Mark Hayward New Hampshire Union Leader,  30 March 2021

CONCORD — Free Keene activist and cryptocurrency trader Ian Freeman will remain behind bars as he awaits trial on charges of money laundering, fraud and other financial crimes, a magistrate judge ruled Monday.

In a 17-page order that lays out the decision, Judge Andrea Johnstone said she is not confident that a freed Freeman will show up for trial in the future. She also feared that his freedom could allow his alleged crimes to continue.

During a hearing earlier this month, prosecutors described the wealth Freeman has built up in his exchange business, including 28 bitcoins, a $1.6 million cache this is almost impossible to trace and can be accessed anywhere. Continue reading “Article: Claiming flight risk, judge orders Free Keene activist held until bitcoin money laundering trial”

Article: Former Central Prison employee charged with embezzlement

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Former Central Prison employee charged with embezzlement

Kevin Kuzminski,  26 March 2021

A former Central Prison employee is being charged with embezzlement.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman says Micheal Ragan was indicted with one count of embezzlement over $100,000, two counts of obtaining property by false pretense over $100,000 and three counts of obtaining property by false pretense under $100,000.

The alleged amount of total misappropriated funds was $266,557.22 over a close to 8-year period.

“The Department of Public Safety took swift action once this matter came to their attention to bring in law enforcement and to conduct an internal audit to identify any loss of funds to the State and to ensure appropriate steps were taken to prevent further loss and to seek justice on behalf of the State’s taxpayers,” Freeman said.

“I appreciate their cooperation and the work of the State Bureau of Investigation’s Financial Crime Unit. This is a first step in a process in which the defendant is entitled to a presumption of innocence. We will work diligently to ensure justice is achieved in this matter.” Continue reading “Article: Former Central Prison employee charged with embezzlement”

Article: Six arrested in connection with Bitcoin ATM money laundering

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Six arrested in connection with Bitcoin ATM money laundering

Diebold Nixdorf, 24 March 2021

The FBI arrested six people in the town of Keene, New Hampshire, on money laundering charges. Agents removed a Bitcoin ATM from a local bar believed to be used in the crime, according to a report in the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Included in the six arrested was Aria DiMezzo, 34 of Keene, who ran for Cheshire County Sheriff in 2020, and Ian Freeman, believed to be the leader of the group calling itself Free Keene.

The group was brought up on charges related to an unlicensed cryptocurrency exchange that they allegedly ran through churches.

Additionally, DiMezzo was charged with participating in a conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money-transmitting business. Continue reading “Article: Six arrested in connection with Bitcoin ATM money laundering”

Article: Prosecutor: Alleged money launderer Ian Freeman holds $1.6 million in Bitcoins

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Prosecutor: Alleged money launderer Ian Freeman holds $1.6 million in Bitcoins

Mark Hayward New Hampshire Union Leader, 19 March 2021

CONCORD — Free-Keene leader Ian Freeman has accessed $1.66 million worth of Bitcoins and had $178,000 in cash in his safe when his house was raided by federal authorities this week, prosecutors said on Friday.

Federal prosecutors also said Freeman has access to gold, silver, and possibly other liquid assets and cryptocurrencies. Freeman — who faces eight felony charges including money laundering, wire fraud and conspiracy — could tap those assets and use them to flee if a judge releases him on bail, prosecutors warned.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Georgina MacDonald voiced those concerns during an hour-plus bail hearing streamed live Friday from U.S. District Court in Concord.

The hearing ended with Judge Magistrate Andrea Johnstone deferring a decision and promising a written order as soon as possible.

On Tuesday, the FBI arrested Freeman and five others who are part of the libertarian Free Keene movement on charges related to a Bitcoin-dollar exchange system they ran through churches they were closely affiliated with.

Freeman is the only one to face charges of money laundering and operating a continuing financial crimes enterprise, which call for mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years.

MacDonald termed Freeman a sophisticated cybercriminal.

Close to 70 people, including media, FBI agents and some with cryptic names, logged on for the hearing. Freeman participated via video feed from Merrimack County jail.

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Article: Free Keene leaders arrested for money laundering in FBI raids; illegal Bitcoin exchange alleged

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Free Keene leaders arrested for money laundering in FBI raids; illegal Bitcoin exchange alleged

Damien Fisher and Josie Albertson-Grove, 16 March 2021

Six people involved with the libertarian Free Keene group are facing charges — including wire fraud and money laundering — related to an unlicensed cryptocurrency exchange that federal prosecutors said processed some $10 million since 2016.

Prosecutors say the six people ran an unlicensed online exchange that let people swap dollars for Bitcoin, and collected fees for their service.

The six charged are Ian Freeman (formerly Ian Bernard), 40, of Keene; Colleen Fordham, 60, of Alstead; Renee Spinella, 23, of Derry; Andrew Spinella, 35, of Derry; Nobody (formerly Richard Paul), 52, of Keene; and Aria DiMezzo, 34, of Keene, who ran for Cheshire County sheriff in 2020.

The cryptocurrency exchange used bank accounts that purported to be for churches, lied to banks and told customers to lie to banks to keep up the ruse, prosecutors said in an indictment.

Beginning in the spring of 2016, prosecutors said, the group opened bank accounts for the Shire Free Church, the Crypto Church of New Hampshire, the Church of the Invisible Hand and the Reformed Satanic Church.

Freeman told the Union Leader earlier this year that the Bitcoin transaction business funds the activities of the Shire Free Church.

Freeman said one of his bank accounts was frozen last year as part of an investigation. He acknowledged there is fraud in the Bitcoin world, but said he was not part of that type of business.

“I’ve got what I think are pretty good procedures,” he said.

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Web: Our Financial Oligarchy; Emperors of a Brave New World

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Our Financial Oligarchy; Emperors of a Brave New World

They own the regulators; they own the brokerage houses; they own the clearing houses; they own all of your investments; and it’s even been shown that they can exert complete control over the government.

To understand how these banks exert complete control over our financial system, one must first understand the securities clearance system.

In the United States of America, there is only one central clearinghouse: The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, and for almost 50 years they have maintained a virtual monopoly over this essential service.

It is a private corporation that is owned by these mega-banks and brokers.

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Subject: Marcus Freeman

Subject of Interest

Marcus Freeman is the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Canaccord Genuity (Australia) Limited (Asia-Pacific). He was appointed in February, 2015. He co-founded BGF Equities in 2008. Freeman completed his B. Com and was originally recruited to the graduate program of Price Waterhouse. Some years later he relocated to London, where he worked at Sakura Bank (Foreign Exchange), Rabobank International (Foreign Exchange) and Deutsche Bank (Global Equities). He returned to Australia in 2000 to work in Bell Potter’s equities business for approximately eight years, where he built significant institutional and investment banking relationships before founding BGF Equities.

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Article: Puzzle Pieces Falling Into Place

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Puzzle Pieces Falling Into Place

KEVIN D. FREEMAN, 28 March 2012

It appears that the Copper River Hedge Fund was shorting the market during the fall of 2008. By all accounts, that would be viewed as a profitable market position. And, in hindsight, the stocks sold short did ultimately collapse as the Hedge Fund had expected. However, Copper River did not profit from the declines. Continue reading “Article: Puzzle Pieces Falling Into Place”