Following his conviction for unlicensed money transmission, money laundering, and tax evasion at the close of December 2022, Keene dweller, libertarian activist, and Free Talk Live co-anchor, Ian Freeman has been sentenced to eight years behind bars this Monday. His fellow Free Talk Live co-host, Mark Edge, explained that an appeal is poised to trail the verdict.
Libertarian Broadcaster Handed 8-Year Sentence for Selling Bitcoin
As the concluding defendant in the Crypto Six saga, Ian Freeman faced a federal judge’s verdict on Monday, following his conviction at December’s end. During the interlude before sentencing, Freeman remained unconfined, but post-sentencing, U.S. Marshals escorted him to incarceration.
At 43, Freeman articulated to the court his belief of not having trespassed the law, stating his crypto sales venture aimed to propagate cryptocurrency adoption.
Post-sentencing, Mark Edge, Free Talk Live’s co-host, penned:
Ian Freeman received 8 years in federal prison with 2 years probation. He was taken into custody. Appeal to follow.
The crypto sphere showed no favor towards the sentence, vocalizing their stances on social platforms. “Ian Freeman was just sentenced to 8 years in prison for selling bitcoin via his ATM,” relayed Bruce Fenton to his audience.
The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire (LPNH) also weighed in. “Ian Freeman has been sentenced for 96 months for the ‘crime’ of selling bitcoin without the proper government paperwork,” the LPNH post proclaimed. “Thanks to sound money, the days when tyrants can effectuate edicts like this are numbered.”
“Terrible news,” lamented the bitcoin enthusiast Mandrick on the social media platform X. “Ian Freeman was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison. I met my wife, and first heard about bitcoin through his podcast Free Talk Live.” Freeman alongside Edge pioneered in advertising bitcoin on a syndicated radio channel via their Free Talk Live (FTL) broadcast.
Since its inception in 2011, the syndicated broadcast has embraced bitcoin for advertising ventures, and for over a decade, FTL’s national radio segments have championed bitcoin during the show and in ads.
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