Who are Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan? Netflix orders a documentary about an American couple accused of laundering bitcoins

Netflix has called for a docuseries about the jaw-dropping case of married couple Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan over the alleged scheme to launder $4.5 billion in bitcoins stolen in a 2016 hack, which is the one of the biggest financial criminal cases in history.

Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan were reportedly arrested in their apartment in New York on February 8 (Tuesday), 2022. They are currently facing charges of alleged collusion to launder approximately 120,000 bitcoins associated with the 2016 hack of a virtual currency exchange . The New York couple allegedly pushed to liquidate their digital money by creating fake online accounts and identities and buying NFTs, physical gold, and more. At the time, investigators reportedly raced to trace the movement of money on the blockchain.

New York couple charged with bitcoin laundering will be the subject of Netflix’s upcoming docuseries

A dual Russian and American citizen, Ilya “Dutch” Lichtenstein is 34 and his wife Heather Rhiannon Morgan is currently 31. Heather Morgan, who is also a rapper, goes by the stage name Razzlekhan. The couple got engaged in 2019. Lichtenstein wrote in a Facebook post, “I got engaged to my best friend and the woman of my dreams!”

Heather Morgan contributed to Forbes, giving tips for exhausted executives to “try rapping” so they can regain their energy. Ironically, the title of an article published in June 2020 and written by Heather was “Experts share tips to protect your business from cybercriminals”. Heather reportedly contributed about fifty-five articles to the website. Apart from that, she is also the founder of SalesFolk, a company that describes itself as “the first company to specialize in writing cold emails”.

Apparently, the court documents show a colossally complicated investigation carried out by special agents from the FBI, the IRS and the Department of Homeland Security. Prosecutors reportedly exclaimed that Lichtenstein and Morgan:

“employed numerous sophisticated laundering techniques, including the use of fictitious identities to create online accounts; using computer programs to automate transactions, a laundering technique that allows many transactions to take place in a short period of time; deposit the stolen funds into accounts in a variety of virtual currency exchanges and darknet markets and then withdraw the funds, which obscures the trail of transaction history by interrupting the flow of funds,” (Via Daily Beast)

Chris Smith, well known for directing FYRE: The Biggest Party That Ever Happened and tiger king will be the director and executive producer of the documentary series. Nick Bilton, highly acclaimed for directing Fake Famous and The Inventor: Searching for Blood in Silicon Valley will also be the executive producer of the docuseries commissioned by Netflix.

Edited by Siddharth Satish

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