The DOJ established a National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team ("NCET") to investigate and prosecute criminal activity involving cryptocurrency.
Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco announced that NCET's focus will be on criminal activity committed by "virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services and money laundering infrastructure actors." In addition, she stated that the NCET team will aid in asset recovery in connection with cryptocurrency fraud and extortion, including ransomware payments.
Ms. Monaco stated that the NCET's objectives include:
The NCET will be supervised by Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. and staffed with experts from the DOJ Criminal Division's Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section ("MLARS") and Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section ("CCIPS").
In a new report, the U.S. Attorney General's Cyber-Digital Task Force laid out the enforcement framework for cryptocurrency.