Deal with investigators: Liechtenstein, Morgan and the Bitfinex heist
Russian citizen Ilya Lichtenstein, along with his life partner, American Heather Morgan, agreed to a compromise solution in the legal proceedings initiated against them over the cyber attack on the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange in 2016. About this, referring to the documentation of American justice, on Friday the Reuters news agency reported.
According to the evidence presented, Liechtenstein and Morgan will notify the court in Washington on August 3 of the decision, where their case is pending.
In 1994, Liechtenstein emigrated to the United States with his parents and lives there. He has dual citizenship – Russia and the United States, and his companion is a citizen of the United States. In February 2022, both were arrested in New York City on suspicion of stealing about $4.5 billion in funds in a 2016 cyberattack on Bitfinex. Later, the court decided to move Liechtenstein and Morgan from New York to Washington for further judicial investigation.
The U.S. Department of Justice previously released information that the equivalent of $3.6 billion worth of bitcoins stolen during a cyberattack on Bitfinex was confiscated. The spouses are believed to have used a variety of methods to legalize the cryptocurrency, including creating fictitious identities, depositing funds into accounts of cryptocurrency exchanges and shadow markets and then withdrawing them, converting bitcoins into other types of virtual currency, as well as using transaction automation software that allows you to perform many transactions in a short time. different time intervals.