Lawyer Arrested in Attempt to Sell Confidential Complaint for Bitcoin

A lawyer for a major US lobbying firm has been arrested and charged after trying to sell confidential information for bitcoin.

According to court documents filed on 1st February and unsealed yesterday, Jeffrey Wertkin sought to sell a criminal complaint related to a whistleblower case for $310,000, asking that he be paid in bitcoin for the offer.

Wertkin, who was arrested on 31st January, was previously a partner for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld, a major Washington, DC-based law practice and lobbying firm. According to, the firm’s clients include ATT, Volkswagen and Mobil Oil, among others.

Wertkin also served six years as a trial lawyer for the US Justice Department, The New York Times reported yesterday.

Court documents show that Wertkin reached out to an unnamed employee of a California cybersecurity firm, ultimately moving to sell that individual sealed information related to a complaint that had been filed against the company.

Using the moniker “Dan”, Wertkin sent a partial copy of the complaint to the company, offering a full copy in exchange for $310,000 in bitcoin.

The filing states:

“…Dan suggested to EMPLOYEE that Dan be paid in bitcoin and explained to EMPLOYEE how bitcoin worked

Read more ... source: CoinDesk

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