Article Image Arizona Bitcoin Trial - Morpheus Sentencing - Monday, July 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM

AZ Bitcoin Trial Morpheus Sentenced - 41 mos (minus time served 15 mos); then 36 mos probation

Written by Subject: Courtroom and Trials

UPDATE: Thomas Costanzo (aka Morpheus) Sentence is 41 months (minus time served 15 months); then 36 months probation. More details to follow...

When:  Monday, July 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Where: Federal Court Building

401 W. Washington Street

Phoenix, AZ 85003

Courtroom: 602

I hope most of those who are following the Criminal Case of Thomas Mario Costanzo, AKA Morpheus, have had the opportunity to read the documents posted at:

I have attempted to keep the documents to date. Document 224 should be of interest. The response from the government has not been posted as of this writing.

There were two basic sets of charges against Thomas. One: failure to comply with reporting requirements when dealing with amounts over ten thousand dollars ($ 10,000.00), "Know Your Customer" requirements, and "Suspicious Activity" reporting requirements. Two: Money laundering.

The first set of charges is a specific bank and financial institution related requirement. The jury, rightly, threw all of those charges out. Thomas Costanzo was not found to be a bank or financial institution and thus not required to comply with banking regulations. The second set, money laundering charges, was upheld.

The question now before the court is what sentence to impose on Thomas. Document number 224 will provide information for you to gain understanding on the direction the defense would like this to go. The response brief yet to come will be of interest. It may be posted prior to Monday. I will check daily and post it when it is available.

For those who wish to support Thomas, please plan to attend the proceedings on Monday. Also, there is always a potential for a change of sentencing date. If there is a change an immediate article will be posted on Freedoms Phoenix, so stay tuned.

For a comprehensive timeline of the events surrounding Morpheus' arrest and trial, please go here: