The United States Department of Justice has seized $3.6 billion in cryptocurrency tied to the 2016 hack of Bitfinex.
Two people have been arrested by the Justice Department for allegedly conspiring to launder cryptocurrency that was stolen in the hack.
The suspects, Ilya Lichtenstein and his wife, Heather Morgan, will appear in court on Tuesday afternoon.
Special agents reportedly obtained access to files within an online account controlled by Lichtenstein, those files contained the private keys.
It has been dubbed as the Justice Deparment’s largest financial seizure involving cryptocurrency of all-time.
LICHTENSTEIN AND MORGAN ARE ACCUSED OF CONSPIRING TO LAUNDER THE PROCEEDS OF 119,754 BITCOIN STOLEN FROM BITFINEX
— db (@tier10k) February 8, 2022
Bitfinex has said that it will “work with the DOJ” and follow the appropriate legal processes to establish the rights to a return of any stolen Bitcoin.
In a statement issued this evening, the cryptocurrency exchange hailed the investigation as a huge success.
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