Crypto whiz who helped North Korea evade sanctions sentenced to prison

A cryptocurrency expert was sentenced to five years behind bars Tuesday for his unsanctioned 2019 trip to North Korea to help the country avoid sanctions.

Virgil Griffith has been ordered to three years of supervised release following his prison sentence, as well as a $100,000 fine for his pilgrimage that federal prosecutors decried as a means of teaching techniques to evade Western sanctions levied on the pariah state over its nuclear program and human rights violations, U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel ruled Tuesday.

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