FBI Can’t Tell Difference Between Penn and Penn State

Regarding alleged "Silk Road" founder.


Today, Nick Vadala reports on alleged “Silk Road” founder Ross Ulbricht, who was arrested in San Francisco this week for running the “anarcho-capitalist version of Amazon.com” that is Silk Road. Ulbright got a Master’s in material science in 2010, from Penn State. Which, as the F.B.I. does not know, is not the same thing as the University of Pennsylvania.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI, Ross Ulbricht — alleged founder of online contraband marketplace Silk Road, who was arrested yesterday in San Francisco — attended “graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Materials Science and Engineering.” However, many credible news sources — including Forbes magazine and The Baltimore Sun — have reported that Ulbricht, known online as “Dread Pirate Roberts,” in fact received a master’s degree in materials science from Penn State in 2010.

If there’s anything you don’t want to do to a Penn State grad–especially one accused of ordering murders-for-hire–is confuse his school with any of the other many less happy valleys in the collegiate world. [DP]