– Two U.S. Federal agents were charged on Monday for allegedly stealing digital currency during their investigation of the underground market Silk Road, known best as a platform for illegal drug trade fueled by the online currency Bitcoin. Shaun Bridges, an agent with the U.S. Secret Service and Carl Force, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), both face charges in connection with offenses committed while serving on the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force. Force, who served as an undercover agent in the case, was charged with wire fraud, theft of government property, money laundering and conflict of interest, according to the criminal complaint. Bridges, 32, was charged with wire fraud and money laundering. While working undercover with Ross Ulbricht, the target of the Silk Road investigation, Force allegedly used “fake online personas,” and took part in “complex Bitcoin transactions” to allegedly steal money from the government. In one notable incident, Force allegedly sold information related to the case to the target of the investigation, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. Force also allegedly instructed a digital currency exchange to freeze a customer’s account before transferring the customer’s assets to his own private bank account. Bridges, meanwhile, allegedly redirected more than $800,000 from the account he supervised on the case to his own personal bank account. The agent, according to the complaint, allegedly placed the assets into a digital currency exchange in Japan before wiring the amounts into his private account. Days later, Bridges attempted to secure a warrant for a $2.1 million seizure from an account in the now-defunct Japanese exchange, according to the complaint. In 2013, the FBI shut down the Silk Road website after Ulbricht was charged with a broad range of crimes related to his involvement with the marketplace. Ulbricht, who is also known by his online name “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was convicted in February on seven charges ranging from computer hacking to money laundering, as well as conspiracy to commit narcotics trafficking. On Monday, Bridges was scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate in the Northern District of California, while Force was scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate in the District of Maryland.