Flashback: Trump Pardoned This Ripple Board Member

August 10, 2022 8:53 pm

During Trump’s last days in office, he pardoned over 70 people one of which was a former Ripple board member.

Ken Kurson, a former member of the Ripple board of directors and the co-founder of the crypto media platform Modern Consensus, was granted a pardon by Trump.

Trump granted a full pardon to Kurson along with 72 other persons during his last days in office.

According to a report from the New York Times, Kurson was arrested in October on charges of cyberstalking his ex-wife.

The arrest came after a background check revealed allegations that he had sent threatening messages, installed keystroke-monitoring software, and made false accusations to the employer of someone else.

Coindesk broke the story last year:

U.S. President Donald Trump has pardoned Ken Kurson, a former Ripple board member and the co-founder of Modern Consensus, a crypto media outlet.

Kurson was one of 73 individuals who received a full pardon from Trump early Wednesday, less than 12 hours before his presidency is set to end. A further 70 individuals had their sentences commuted, but the list did not include Ross Ulbricht, the Silk Road founder who was reportedly considered for a pardon last month; Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder who helped popularize the use of bitcoin; or Edward Snowden, who released details about a U.S. surveillance program to Glenn Greenwald, then a reporter at The Guardian.

Other recipients of Wednesday’s pardons include former campaign strategist Steve Bannon, who said in 2018 he was working on a cryptocurrency project before his 2020 arrest on fraud charges; rapper Lil Wayne, who faced jail time on a firearms charge; and Kodak Black, who is serving a three-year sentence on weapons charges.

Cryptobriefing added these details:

Ken Kurson, formerly a Ripple Board member, editor of the New York Observer, and co-founder of the Modern Consensus crypto media outlet, has received a presidential pardon from President Trump on his last day in office. Kurson is a close friend of the Trump family and Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Kurson was arrested in October and charged with cyberstalking three individuals, including his ex-wife. He reportedly installed keystroke-monitoring software on his ex-wife’s devices, sent her threatening messages, and made false accusations of child abuse to the employers of his other victims.

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