Silk Road website creator gets life in prison for drug plot

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Posted: May 29, 2015 4:12 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin.

Ross Ulbricht, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan, three months after a federal jury found him guilty of charges including conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking.

Forrest also ordered Ulbricht to forfeit $183.9 million.

(Reporting by Nate Raymond; Editing by Andre Grenon)