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AlphaBay "PR Guy" Trappy Charged in the US


Authorities in Atlanta, Georgia, have filed official charges against Ronald L. Wheeler, III, a 24-year-old Illinois man known mainly for his online persona of Trappy, or Trappy_AB (Reddit username), the official spokesperson for the AlphaBay Dark Web market, taken down over the summer.

According to court documents obtained by Bleeping Computer, authorities have charged Trappy with conspiracy to commit access device fraud.

Trappy is the highest-ranked AlphaBay member that US authorities have managed to arrest. US officials also tracked down AlphaBay's top administrator, a man named Alexandre Cazes, a 25-year-old Canadian national living in Thailand with his wife.

Thai press reported that after his arrest, police officers found Cazes with a towel around his neck in his cell on July 12, in what appears to be a suicide, albeit an investigation is underway to determine the precise cause of death.

Cazes was arrested in July when a joint international operation shut down the...(continued)

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