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Thomas Spieker’s clients included dark-web drug dealers and a cellphone-hacking identity thief, prosecutors said.

Thomas Spieker in court on Thursday.
Thomas Spieker in court on Thursday.
Thomas Spieker in court on Thursday. Credit... Jefferson Siegel for The New York Times

Jonah E. Bromwich

March 24, 2022

Dark-web drug dealers selling ketamine, MDMA and counterfeit Xanax in every state in America. An identity thief hacking into his targets’ cellphones. A member of an Eastern European organized crime syndicate.

These, prosecutors said, were just some of the customers of Thomas Spieker, a former party producer who was charged on Thursday in state court in Manhattan with laundering more than $2.3 million in Bitcoin for criminals around the world from 2018 to 2021.