Heather Morgan and Ilya Lichtenstein, the couple who were arrested last year for the massive 2016 Bitfinex hack, have pleaded guilty to laundering $4.5 billion.
Morgan, who goes by the moniker “Razzlekhan,” and Lichtenstein, a former tech entrepreneur, pleaded guilty in a Washington federal court on Thursday.
Husband Pleads Guilty to Stealing 120,000 Bitcoin in Hack
In addition to laundering, Lichtenstein also pleaded guilty to stealing the funds. Prosecutors estimated that roughly 120,000 Bitcoin were stolen from Bitfinex in 2016, which the couple then laundered using exchange wallets, chain-hopping, and privacy coins.
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Detectives found folders on Liechtenstein’s computer with fake personas the couple used to set up accounts on exchanges. Additionally, authorities discovered a plastic bag labeled “burner phones” under the couple’s bed.
At the time of the couple’s arrest, the Department of Justice said the crypto seizure was their largest ever. At Bitcoin’s peak, the seized crypto was worth around $4.5 billion.
Razzlekhan’s Days Are Numbered
In court papers, prosecutors alleged Morgan’s involvement in various “contradictory” things.
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