A New York couple dubbed ‘ Bonnie and Crypto Clyde’ arrested on charges of laundering $4.5 billion in stolen Bitcoin led an existence ‘pulled from the pages of a spy novel,’ prosecutors have said.
Ilya ” Lichtenstein, 34, and his wife Heather Morgan, 31, are being held in custody following their Tuesday arrest, and will appear before a court in Washington on Monday.
Federal law enforcement officials said they have recovered roughly $3.6 billon in cryptocurrency – the Justice Department’s largest ever financial seizure – linked to the hack of Bitfinex, a virtual currency exchange based in , whose systems were breached nearly six years ago.
Morgan had a remarkable online presence as an influencer and dark web market links self-described ‘cringe’ rapper named Razzlekhan, who makes music ‘for the entrepreneurs and hackers, all the misfits and smart slackers’.
Prosecutors detailed on Thursday in court documents a remarkable lifestyle, complete with hollowed-out books, fake passports and burner phones.
Photos showed the books, and ziplock bags stuffed with cash.
Bail for Ilya ‘Dutch’ Lichtenstein, 34, right, and his wife, Heather Rhiannon Morgan, 31, was set at $5million and $3million respectively after their arrest on Tuesday but they have not been released
A bag labeled ‘burner phones’ is shown in court documents. Prosecutors allege the couple had dozens of devices
Some of the phones found at Morgan and Lichenstein’s Wall Street apartment
A lawyer for the self-proclaimed ‘Crocodile of Wall Street’ rapper, Heather Morgan, 31, and her husband Ilya ‘ Dutch ‘ Lichtenstein, 34, right, has urged a judge to allow them to be freed on bail
In this courtroom sketch, attorney Sam Enzer, darkmarket list center, sits between Heather Morgan, left, and her husband, darknet market markets Ilya ‘Dutch’ Lichtenstein, in federal court, on Tuesday
As federal investigators raided their Wall Street home last month, Morgan asked to be allowed to retrieve her cat from under the bed.
But as she was crouching down and pretending to get the pet, agents saw that she was frantically trying to lock her phone, prompting them to wrestle her to the ground, prosecutors say.
The January 5 raid saw the officers find $40,000 in cash, dozens of electronic devices, and two hollowed-out books.
darknet market vendors selling fake passports.
The delivery address was given as the 11 Mirrors Design Hotel in Kiev, which is the same hotel that Morgan posted photos of on her social media platforms, and from where Uber receipts showed she traveled.
Another document contained within Lichtenstein’s cloud storage account, prosecutors say, includes a Russian-language document that describes ‘how to anonymously receive a parcel in Ukraine.’
The document provides details of video camera positioning in Ukrainian post offices and how to avoid being seen.
Morgan was arrested on Tuesday in Manhattan, together with her husband, on federal charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the United States