A New York couple accused of laundering billions of dollars worth of bitcoin linked to the 2016 Bitfinex hack has agreed to plead guilty. It is reported by The Block.
According to court documents, hearings regarding the deal between the defendants and the prosecutor’s office will take place in early August.
US authorities detained Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan in February 2022. The spouses were seized 94,643 BTC ($3.6 billion at that time) out of 119,754 BTC stolen from the exchange.
The court released Morgan on bail of $ 3 million, Liechtenstein remained in custody. They face up to 25 years in prison on the charges.
It is assumed that after the conclusion of the deal with the pair, the prosecutor’s office will be able to confiscate the cryptocurrency associated with the investigation.
Recall that in July, the US Department of Homeland Security returned to Bitfinex part of the funds stolen from the exchange. We are talking about 6,917 BCH and $312,219.7 in cash.
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