A lawyer for the self-proclaimed ‘Crocodile of Wall Street’, Heather Rhiannon Morgan, 31, and her husband Ilya ” Lichtenstein, 34, claim neither of them are ‘flight risks’ because Morgan has frozen embryos in the city.
The couple’s lawyer, Samson Enzer, has urged a judge to allow them to be freed on $3million and $4.5million bail respectively, saying the fact neither of them fled when given the chance upon first being alerted to the investigation, proves they would not run from the law if now freed on bail.
Prosecutors are urging caution: It is believed the couple still have vast sums of money at their disposal which is likely hidden from authorities.
Furthermore, Lichtenstein has dual citizenship with giving the couple a possible safe haven from which it would be particularly difficult for U.S. authorities to secure an extradition order should the couple choose to flee.
The pair, dubbed ‘Bitcoin Bonnie and Crypto Clyde’ by financial newsletter Morning Brew, were both arrested on Tuesday on federal charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the United States for allegedly laundering $4.5billion in stolen in the 2016 Bitfinex exchange hack.
If convicted, they face up to a maximum of 25 years in prison.
A lawyer for the self-proclaimed ‘Crocodile of Wall Street’, Heather Rhiannon Morgan, 31, and her husband Ilya ‘ Dutch ‘ Lichtenstein, 34, right, has urged a judge to allow them to be freed on $3million and $4.5million bail respectively
Prosecutors argued that the pair, who live on Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, should be denied bail, calling them flight risks who still potentially have access to vast sums of money.
Lichtenstein, is a dual US-Russian national from Illinois, while Morgan hails from California.
The couple’s lawyer claims the couple want to start a family and would not run away from her fertilized eggs.
‘Morgan previously froze several of her embryos at a hospital in New York in anticipation of starting a family together, as she can only conceive through in vitro fertilization because she suffers from endometriosis,’ the couple’s lawyer Samson Enzer wrote in a filing.