Heather Morgan, crypto rapper “Razzlekhan”, gets a tech job in NYC

The accused crypto burglar-rapper, who calls herself “The Crocodile of Wall Street” and “Razzlekhan,” has landed a job at a tech company — despite being under house arrest for allegedly devising a plan to launder stolen Bitcoins worth Has staged $4.5 billion.

Heather Morgan, 31, is now employed by an undisclosed tech firm despite the legal threat she and her husband Ilya Lichtenstein face allegations they tried to launder 119,754 bitcoin they allegedly stole when the Bitfinex Crypto exchange was hacked in 2016.

According to Bloomberg News, a federal judge has granted a request by her attorney to change the terms of her house arrest so she can work three days a week from the New York offices of a tech company.

The federal prosecutor raised no objection to the application.

Morgan will work for the unnamed company “in the role of growth marketing and business development specialist,” according to her attorney, Eugene Gorokhov.

According to court documents, Morgan will work three days a week in the New York office of an unnamed tech company.
According to court documents, Morgan will work three days a week in the New York office of an unnamed tech company.
youtube

The judge also approved Gorokhov’s request to have the company’s name sealed to protect Morgan’s safety. The federal prosecutor’s office was informed about which company Morgan is employing.

“This information will not be included in this public file as Ms Morgan has faced derogatory comments and harassment on social media due to the intense media coverage of this case,” Gorokhov said.

According to the court filing cited by Bloomberg News, she will work at the firm for three days each week from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Morgan and Lichtenstein, who are said to have used tricks “pulled from the pages of a spy novel,” were indicted by the federal government last February in what was then described as the largest financial seizure by authorities.

They face up to 25 years in prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Morgan and her husband Ilya Lichtenstein face up to 25 years in federal prison.
Morgan and her husband Ilya Lichtenstein face up to 25 years in federal prison.

While Morgan was released on $3 million bail, her husband was not granted bail and has been in federal custody since his arrest last year.

In March last year, the couple asked to have the case postponed to begin negotiations for a plea deal. Another court hearing is scheduled for later this month.

Federal authorities were initially opposed to bail for the couple over alleged absconding dangers.

Prosecutors argued in court that Morgan and Lichtenstein “had access to numerous fraudulent identities and documents purchased on the dark web and the ability to easily acquire more.”

The FBI claimed that the couple “made a contingency plan for living in Ukraine and/or Russia prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In January last year, federal agents searched the couple’s home and confiscated several phones and SIM cards. The couple also kept a sizeable stash of foreign currency, according to investigators.

Morgan once wrote a Forbes column warning of “cyber criminals and scammers” taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A judge granted Morgan's attorney's request to change the terms of her house arrest.
A judge granted Morgan’s attorney’s request to change the terms of her house arrest.
youtube

According to the criminal complaint, Morgan and Lichtenstein allegedly spent the proceeds from their money laundering scheme on various purchases, including a $500 Walmart gift card, the aforementioned gold coins, and NFTs.

The Justice Department said it stole $3.6 billion in cryptocurrency from the Bitfinex hack in its “largest financial seizure ever.”

Additional reporting by Thomas Barrabi

Source