Two Canadian brothers will be serving prison sentences for running an unregistered money service business. Authorities said the two founded Payza, a payments processor that reportedly processed over $250 million in payments, some of it allegedly being for criminals. Firhoz Patel and his brother Ferhan Patel will serve 36 and 18 months behind bars respectively, a federal judge in the District of Columbia has determined. Their company MH Pillars Inc., which was doing business as Payza.com, was sentenced to three years of corporate probation. The two must also forfeit $4.5 million that the Department of Justice had already seized. They also forfeited the two websites where they conducted their business\u2014payza.com and alertpay.com. The sentencing comes after the 46-year-old Firhoz and his 39-year-old sibling pleaded guilty to operating an unlicensed money transmitting business in July 2020. They also pleaded guilty to laundering money instruments. U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin, who announced the sentences, warned criminals against enabling fraud, stating that the U.S. is ready to \u201cdo everything within its power to take the profit out of crime and convict those who enable fraud.\u201d He added, \u201cOperating an unlicensed money transmitting business that launders the transactions of other crimes and frauds is a serious criminal offense. Without the money laundering, the frauds run by Payza\u2019s customers could not have been completed.\u201d The two brothers were the operators of Payza, a company that allegedly processed payments for known criminals, including drug traffickers and child porn ring operators. Moreover, they hadn\u2019t registered their business. The two reportedly received cease and desist letters from several states in the U.S. but failed to shut their business down, authorities said. Fully aware that some of their clients were criminals, they would withhold their names whenever they produced their client lists. The DoJ said, \u201cThe defendants admitted to sanitizing Payza\u2019s customers list by removing known illegal merchants, before producing that information to third parties requesting customer information\u2026 The defendants further admitted that Payza struggled to maintain its relationships with financial institutions, because Payza so frequently was found to have customers engaged in illegal activity.\u201d While the DoJ made no reference to Payza\u2019s digital currency offering, the company has been allowing its clients to buy and sell digital currencies for years. It first made it possible to purchase BTC on its platform in 2014. Charlie Shrem was one of its consultants back then and touted the offering on Twitter. https:\/\/twitter.com\/CharlieShrem\/status\/497555993815822336 In 2018, it partnered with BlockCypher to launch Dash support. It also supported XRP and Ether. Follow\u00a0CoinGeek\u2019s Crypto Crime Cartel\u00a0series, which delves into the stream of groups\u2014from\u00a0BitMEX\u00a0to\u00a0Binance,\u00a0Bitcoin.com,\u00a0Blockstream, ShapeShift\u00a0and Ethereum\u2014who have co-opted the digital asset revolution and turned the industry into a minefield for na\u00efve (and even experienced) players in the market.