Arrests in New York and Florida in late January indicate the global virtual currency Bitcoin has the attention of federal prosecutors: A top executive with a Bitcoin trade organization was one of those charged. The second man arrested was Robert Faiella, at his home in Cape Coral.
Faiella was charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and operating an unlicensed money exchange business. They are accused of helping push money through the online drug marketplace Silk Road.
In Sunset Harbor Antonio Maldonado and Jessica Londono-Sammet are aboard one of the vessels their company, The Advantaged Yacht Charters and Sales, rents out. The business recently began accepting Bitcoin.
Bitcoin may not sound revolutionary but to its supporters and users the digital global currency could be the future of payment. To regulators, it's a curiosity they're viewing with concern. And for a growing number of individuals and companies in South Florida, it's an opportunity to experiment.