**A loosely organized group of hackers used sim swap fraud to gain control of their victims' online accounts and steal crypto from them. **
2/03/22 Update JUDGEMENT AS TO Colton Jurisic
1/07/22 Update Both parties agree and stipulate to modify Defendant Colton Jurisic’s curfew schedule that on December 24, 2021, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM so he may attend a family Christmas.
11/22/2021 Update The government recommends that defendant Garrett Endicott be sentenced to a term of 20 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. The government also requests that restitution and forfeiture be ordered.
11/02/2021 Update The government recommends that defendant Ricky Handschumacher be sentenced to a term of 88 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. For the reasons stated herein, the government believes that this sentence is necessary to fulfill the aims of 18 U.S.C. § 3553 7/8/21 Update
2/18/21 Update On or about February 11, 2020, Defendant Colton Jurisic pleaded guilty to Count 1 of the Indictment, which charges him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349.
In Defendant’s Rule 11 Plea Agreement (“Rule 11”) Defendant agreed to forfeit to the United States his right, title, and interest in the following:
2/11/20 Update Defendant Colton Jurisic signed the guilty plea agreement.
12/22/20 Update Defendant Conor Freeman filed a motion to dismiss all counts.
District Judge Denise Page Hood granted Defendant Conor Freeman's motion to dismiss to all counts.
12/7/20 Update The preliminary order of forfeiture was filed for Defendant Reyad Abbas. A forfeiture money judgment is granted and entered against him in favor of the United States in the amount of $399,249.75, representing the total value of the property subject to forfeiture for his violation of Count One of the Indictment.
11/8/19 Update Defendant Garrett Endicott signed the guilty plea agreement.
11/3/20 Update Defendant Ryan Stevenson pleads guilty and requested to transfer to the District of Connecticut to which he resides.
10/18/19 Update Defendants Ricky Handschumachers and Reyad Gafar Abbas signed the guilty plea agreement.
5/16/19 Update Defendants Colton Jurisic, Garrett Endicott, Ricky Handschumacher, and Reyad Gafar Abbas were released with unsecured bonds each worth $10,000.
This law makes defrauding, devising a scheme to defraud by means of wire, TV, signal unlawful.
Whoever, during, and in relation to any felony violation enumerated in subsection (c), knowingly transfers, possesses, or uses, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person. Anyone who helps or encourages an individual to knowingly transfer, possess, or use, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person.
confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit
Whoever, during, and in relation to any felony violation enumerated in subsection (c), knowingly transfers, possesses, or uses, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person.
Michael Pierre claims that Coinbase was grossly negligent of its promise to protect and secure its customers' cryptocurrencies from cyberattacks. Mr. Pierre further claims that Coinbase dropped the ball on a series of anti-cyber attack/anti-hack precautions mandated by federal and state laws, rules, and regulations for cryptocurrency exchanges like Coinbase.
Mr. Etheridge alleges that hackers fraudulently SIM swapped his mobile number and stole 159.8 Ethereum tokens from him.
Mr. Kevin Frye claims that T-Mobile employees allowed hackers to steal his phone number through SIM swap. Mr. Frye lost $87,000 worth of BTC from his Coinbase account apart from the $1,536 was withdrawn from his Wells Fargo account.
The People of the United States alleges James O' Connor between March and May 2019. Defendant did participate in a scheme to use SIM swap to steal approximately $784,000 worth of Cryptocurrency from a Manhattan-based cryptocurrency company.
Plaintiff Boyd Egan used a fake driver's license to steal the identity of his victim and used it to request a SIM Swap in a mobile carrier's retail store. He also used the same fake driver's license to personally withdraw funds from his victims' banks with the help of SMS authentication using the victim's number that he fraudulently SIM swapped.
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