Justice Dept. Announces $3.6B Crypto Seizure, 2 Arrests

The Justice Department announced its largest-ever financial seizure — more than $3.6 billion.

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In this courtroom sketch, attorney Sam Enzer, center, sits between Heather Morgan, left, and her husband, Ilya "Dutch" Lichtenstein, in federal court, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in New York. The couple are accused of conspiring to launder billions of dollars in cryptocurrency stolen from the 2016 hack of a virtual currency exchange. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced Tuesday its largest-ever financial seizure — more than $3.6 billion — and the arrests of a New York couple accused of conspiring to launder billions of dollars in cryptocurrency stolen from the 2016 hack of a virtual currency exchange. Federal law enforcement officials said the recovered sum was linked to the hack of Bitfinex, a virtual currency exchange whose systems were breached by hackers nearly six years ago.…

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