John DeMarr pleads guilty to Bitcoiin fraud charge
After pleading not guilty to four counts of Bitcoiin related fraud in April, a few days ago DeMarr entered a change of plea.
Proceedings were held on July 30th, at which DeMarr changed his plea to guilty.
Interestingly, DeMarr’s original indictment detailed four counts of fraud. DeMarr’s change of plea applies to the first count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud.
I’m not 100% sure but I believe this is an indication of a plea agreement between DeMarr and the DOJ.
It is highly likely that in exchange for dropping the other three counts of fraud, DeMarr has entered into a cooperation agreement of some kind.
This would pertain to collection of evidence against those above DeMarr – namely Krsitijan Krstic.
Krstic was arrested last year in Serbia on an international arrest warrant. He is facing life in prison if convicted.
The US is has requested Krstic’s extradition but he has filed multiple appeals.
I imagine insider plea deals from insiders such as DeMarr and Antonije Stojilkovic will strengthen the DOJ’s case.
To what extent that might impact extradition proceedings though I can’t say.
John DeMarr is facing a maximum five-year prison sentence. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 4th, 2022.