Federal authorities arrested Larry Dean Harmon of Bath, Ohio for the part he played in the operation of Helix. Helix was a bitcoin mixing service which worked closely with the Darknet criminal market AlphaBay, which was taken down by federal authorities in 2017. Harmon also operated Grams, a Darknet search engine. Helix allowed AlphaBay users to send and receive funds for illegal goods in a way that helped to conceal the transactions, making it harder for law enforcement investigators to trace the money used for purchases of illegal items. According to the federal indictment, Harmon exchanged more than 350,000 bitcoin, valued at over $300 million USD at the time of the transactions, from 2014-2017. Harmon is currently being charged with money laundering, conspiracy, operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, and conducting money transmission without a license.
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