Accused Silk Road mastermind remains in brig
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - A judge on Wednesday ordered the accused mastermind of nefarious online bazaar Silk Road shipped to New York to stand trial.
Ross William Ulbricht, speaking through a defence attorney, put off seeking bail and agreed to be taken back to the city where the federal criminal charges against him were filed.
However, he denies being the infamous "Dread Pirate Roberts" who ran underground Silk Road website that openly hawked illegal drugs, forged documents, hacker tools and even the services of hitmen.
"Any aliases we affirmatively deny," said defence attorney Brandon LeBlanc, who told reporters after the hearing that Ulbricht "is well." Federal marshals will take Ulbricht to New York, where he will have a new defense attorney and be eligible to request release on bail pending trial.