LA County Sheriff’s Deputy Discusses Tackling Crypto Crimes on Podcast

LA County Sheriff's Deputy Discusses Tackling Crypto Crimes on Podcast

On a recent episode of the Public Key podcast, Tony Moore, a deputy sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, shared his insights into tackling cryptocurrency-related crimes. This discussion highlighted the complexity of investigating and monitoring the crypto space, highlighting the evolving techniques needed to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals.

Advances in Web3 research

Moore, who has been educating law enforcement on Bitcoin (BTC) since its inception, discussed various challenges and advances in policing the cryptoverse with Ian Andrews, CMO of Chainalysis. Moore shared his experiences dealing with crimes such as social media parties, crypto ATMs, pig slaughter and SIM swapping. He also emphasized the importance of continuous learning and adapting to new technologies.

“We took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States… But nowhere does it say, ‘Oh, except on the Internet. We cannot enter the internet realm or the crypto realm,” Moore asserted, reinforcing the need for law enforcement to engage with and understand the digital landscape.

Complexities of crypto crimes

During the podcast, Moore described several cases that demonstrate the complexity of crypto crimes. He recounted an operation involving nitrous oxide (NIS) parties, which was advertised on social media, and the subsequent crackdown on these illegal activities. Moore also spoke about his early encounters with crypto in law enforcement and the challenges associated with regulating cryptocurrency ATMs.

A key case highlighted by Moore involved a suspect operating multiple crypto ATMs without proper registration. This led to a major takedown operation in collaboration with the IRS and HSI, with the suspect pleading guilty to money laundering for darknet vendors and human trafficking.

Community and federal cooperation

Moore also highlighted the role of community and federal partnerships in combating crypto crimes. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department works with several federal agencies, such as the IRS, FBI and DEA, to address cross-jurisdictional issues. These partnerships are critical in addressing the global nature of cryptocurrency and ensuring law enforcement can keep pace with technological advancements.

“Our federal partners have been excellent, just excellent when it comes to… I think we get as much from them as they get from us,” Moore noted, emphasizing the mutual benefits of these collaborations.

Educational initiatives

Moore is also heavily involved in training law enforcement through courses such as “Policing the Cryptoverse: Intro to Web 3.0 Investigative Techniques.” This advanced course covers topics such as smart contracts, cross-chains, bridges, and decentralized storage systems, giving researchers the knowledge needed to handle complex crypto cases.

“This will be like drinking from a fire hose. You will become overwhelmed. But I guarantee you, stay with me, by day five this will all make sense,” Moore stated, describing the intensive nature of his education programs.

Looking ahead

Looking ahead, Moore is optimistic about the integration of blockchain and AI technologies into law enforcement. He believes that continuous learning and adaptation are essential to staying one step ahead of cybercriminals and effectively policing the cryptoverse.

For more detailed insights and to listen to the full discussion, visit the original source on Chainalysis.

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