April, 2022
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USA v Eric Meiggs and Declan Harrington


**The People of the United States alleges that Defendants Eric Meiggs and Declan Harrington conspired to steal the identities and properties of at least 10 SIM swap victims. **

**They also allegedly threatened to kill at least one of the SIM swap victims, and threatened family members of their direct SIM swap victims if they do not send bitcoin or if they do not turnover their Twitter handles. **

The defendants allegedly were able to steal at least $500,000.

11/18/19 Update Arrest Warrant Returned Executed on 11/14/2019 as to Eric Meiggs and Declan Harrington

Claims in
USA v Eric Meiggs and Declan Harrington
Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit

Aggravated Identity Theft, Aiding and Abetting

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.

Forfeiture Allegation

Forfeiture of any property, real or personal, which constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to a violation of section 215 , 471 , 472 , 473 , 474 , 476 , 477 , 478 , 479 , 480 , 481 , 485 , 486 , 487 , 488 , 501 , 502 , 510 , 542 , 545 , 656 , 657 , 670 , 842 , 844 , 1005 , 1006 , 1007 , 1014 , 1028 , 1029 , 1030 , 1032 , or 1344 of this title or any offense constituting “specified unlawful activity” (as defined in section 1956(c)(7) of this title), or a conspiracy to commit such offense.

Wire fraud, Aiding and Abetting

This law makes defrauding, devising a scheme to defraud by means of wire, TV, signal unlawful.

Violation of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

In 1986, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. § 1030, was introduced to combat hacking, as an update to the first federal computer fraud statute. It has been updated many times over the years, most notably in 2008, to encompass a broad range of actions well beyond its original purpose. The CFAA forbids the intentional access to a device without permission or in excess of permission, but does not specify what "without authorisation" entails. It has been a weapon perfect for violence to usage against virtually any aspect of electronic operation with harsh punishment schemes and malleable clauses.


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