USA v Eric Meiggs and Declan Harrington

13/11/2019

**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 did not send bitcoin or if they did not turn over their Twitter handles. **

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

01/4/2022 Update

  1. The Court accepted the defendant’s guilty plea to the charges in the Indictment. 
  2. The court didn't set a date for sentencing so that defendant Harrington and defendant Meiggs will be sentenced on the same date for the latter has an ongoing RISE program that will end on May or June 2022.
  3. The parties request that the Court continue the status conference scheduled for January 6, 2022, for approximately 90 days/ 3 months.
  4. defendant Harrington’s counsel is traveling overseas on January 5, 2022, and would be unable to appear for the currently scheduled status conference.

The parties have jointly requested for the continued scheduled status conference to Court in early April 2022.

12/22/2021 Update The parties shall file a detailed joint status report no later than seven(7) days before the status conference on the extent the parties believe that any further scheduling deadlines are necessary at that point of the parties shall propose a joint schedule. 

**8/5/2021 Update ** Eric Meiggs requested the court to reschedule his sentencing to the Court in May 2022. In support thereof, Mr. Meiggs is participating in the RISE program, which requires a year of pre-sentencing participation in various programs determined by the probation department.

2/22/2021 Update Eric Meiggs requested the court to reschedule his sentencing on February 2021 for approximately 1 month for the reason that the latter will continue to work towards a potential plea agreement and have narrowed the framework of any such agreement. 

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
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.

Wire fraud, Aiding and Abetting

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

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.

Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

confederate, and agree together and with each other to commit

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.

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