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Arizona-based bitcoin trader convicted of money laundering

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PHOENIX (AP) - A Mesa man who was a peer-to-peer bitcoin trader has been convicted of money laundering.
    
Prosecutors say Thomas Mario Costanzo was found guilty of five counts of money laundering by a federal jury in Phoenix on Wednesday.
    
He's scheduled to be sentenced on June 11.
    
Each of the five convictions for money laundering carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
    
Evidence at trial showed that federal agents began an investigation of Costanzo in 2014 after identifying an advertisement he posted on a peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange website.
    
Costanzo advertised he was willing to engage in cash transactions up to $50,000.
    
Over a two-year period, Costanzo took about $165,000 in cash from the agents who he believed to be heroin and cocaine traffickers and exchanged it for bitcoin.

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