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Ilya “Dutch” Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan, alias “Razzlekhan,” are accused of laundering $3.6 billion worth of stolen cryptos. In order to avoid being discovered, the couple’s method entailed almost 2,000 unlawful BTC transactions that concealed the flow of the stolen money.
Crypto Heist Recovered: Over 108K Bitcoins
In 2022, the FBI, IRS-CI, and HSI worked together to recover about 94,000 stolen Bitcoins; further sums were recovered in 2023. Over 108,068 Bitcoins have now been retrieved in total.
The research turned up a cloud storage account that had important data, such as login credentials for several virtual currency exchanges and wallet addresses. The pair engaged in a variety of crypto activities, including buying non-fungible tokens, utilizing BTC ATMs, and dealing in altcoins.
There is evidence to imply that they looked into other opportunities for money laundering by scouting out banking institutions. Even a $500 Walmart gift card was utilized by the couple for other purchases. Their guilty plea is scheduled to be heard in court on August 3, 2023.
This high-profile case illustrates the difficulties law enforcement has in combating complex money laundering schemes in the quickly developing realm of cryptos. The FBI, IRS-CI, and HSI’s significant attempts to locate the stolen Bitcoins show how committed they are to prosecuting online criminals. To safeguard consumers and uphold the integrity of the financial system, regulatory authorities and law enforcement organizations will definitely keep up with the rapid evolution of the crypto ecosystem.