Ilya Lichtenstein and his wife Heather Morgan are accused of stealing about $4.5 billion.
The District Court of the Southern District of New York released Ilya Lichtenstein and his wife Heather Morgan on $8 million bail, accused of stealing about $4.5 billion during a cyberattack on the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange in 2016. This was reported by Bloomberg.
According to him, during the meeting, the prosecutor’s office requested bail of $ 100 million, but the judge ruled that the American Morgan could be released on bail of $ 3 million, for a 34-year-old Liechtenstein with American and Russian citizenship, the bail amount was set at $ 5 million.
Earlier, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had confiscated bitcoins worth the equivalent of $3.6 billion stolen during a cyberattack on Bitfinex, and the total amount of funds stolen then is estimated at $4.5 billion. It is assumed that the spouses used various methods to launder cryptocurrencies, including the creation of fictitious personalities, depositing funds to the accounts of cryptocurrency exchanges and darknet markets with their subsequent withdrawal, converting bitcoins into other forms of virtual currency, as well as the use of transaction automation programs that allow performing many operations in a short time period.