Accused bitcoin launderer Heather Morgan in plea talks
Heather Morgan booking photograph
Courtesy: Alexandria Adult Detention Center.
Monday’s statement by federal prosecutors stated that they are in negotiations to plead guilty with a New Yorker who was arrested along with her husband for trying to extort their property. launder $4.5 billion worth of stolen bitcoin cryptocurrency.
Prosecutors requested that a judge postpone Friday’s status hearing for Heather “Razzlekhan”, Morgan in U.S. District Court, Washington, D.C.
In a court filing, the prosecution stated that Morgan’s case would be delayed to allow for plea negotiations between the parties. They also said that it would give the attorneys time to gather and discuss evidence they could use against her.
Morgan, 31 years old, was taken into custody with Ilya Lichtenstein (34 year-old) on February 8th in Manhattan. These arrests took place on the exact same day that the Justice Department said it had seized bitcoin worth more than $3.6 Billion as part of an alleged laundering scheme.
Prosecutors claim that the couple tried to conceal, via a complicated series of transactions the source of nearly 120,000 stolen bitcoins during the course of their marriage. the 2016 hack of the BitfinexThe exchange of cryptocurrency. The hacking is being handled by neither of these defendants.
At the time the hack was performed, the stolen bitcoinIts value was $70 millions. However, bitcoin’s value has increased dramatically since that time.
According to the filing Monday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, Morgan’s attorneys do not object to the postponement of the hearing.
Prosecutors disclosed in court on Feb. 28They were talking about a “solution” to Morgan’s criminal case in order to avoid trial.
However, until Monday they hadn’t publicly used “plea negotiations” to describe the talks she had with her lawyers.
Morgan’s lead lawyer did not respond immediately to our request for comment.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers often discuss potential plea agreements in criminal cases. This can lead to delays of court hearings.
Morgan’s story is unique because it took only a few hours for her to be arrested and then disclosed that she had been in plea negotiations.
Morgan, an aspiring rapper, and entrepreneur is free on a $3 million bond.
Lichtenstein was detained since being arrested and denied bail.