A California web wiz says allegations that he is the “Dread Pirate Roberts” are a fairy tale.
Ross Ulbricht, 29, pleaded not guilty on Friday [2/7/14] to charges that he’s the online buccaneer behind the $1.2 billon internet drug bazaar Silk Road.
“Not guilty,” Ulbricht said of each of the narcotics trafficking, conspiracy, computer hacking, and money laundering charges against him as he was arraigned in Manhattan federal court.
Prosecutors maintain he’s the man known by the "Princess Bride" inspired name “Dread Pirate Roberts,” and operated what they referred to as the “eBay of the drug trade” and “the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the internet today.”
The feds told Judge Katherine Forrest they have a “voluminous” amount of evidence in the case, including Ulbricht's own computers and documents.
Ulbricht's lawyer, Joshua Dratel, said he plans on filing motions challenging his client's indictment. He is being held without bail. He was denied it in November after prosecutors said he paid $730,000 to have six people murdered. Forrest set a November 3 trial date for the case.
By Dareh Gregorian, The New York Daily News
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