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Man Charged in $4.5 Billion Crypto Scam Denied Bail by Judge

  • D.C. judge overturns ruling that allowed man out on bail
  • Couple accused of trying to launder $3.6 billion of Bitcoin
In this courtroom sketch, Heather Morgan, left, and her husband, Ilya “Dutch” Lichtenstein, right, sit with their attorney in federal court in New York on Feb. 8, 2022.
In this courtroom sketch, Heather Morgan, left, and her husband, Ilya “Dutch” Lichtenstein, right, sit with their attorney in federal court in New York on Feb. 8, 2022.Source: Elizabeth Williams/AP
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A judge in Washington D.C. denied bail to a man charged with trying to launder billions of dollars worth of Bitcoin stolen in a 2016 hack of the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange, while allowing his wife to remain free before trial.

U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington Monday overturned a New York judge’s ruling granting bail to the man, Ilya Lichtenstein, 34, while upholding a decision that allowed his wife, Heather Morgan, 31, to remain free pending trial.