A Manhattan district court under the ruling of Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced the guilty plea of an accomplice in the theft of $1.8 million worth of cryptocurrencies.
Louis Meza’s Crime
Louis Meza along with three other accomplices, GUZMAN, COLON, and NUNEZ, kidnapped and robbed a person of cryptocurrencies worth $1.8 million on November 4, 2017.
The victim, an acquaintance of Meza, was offered a ride by Meza to take him home after a meeting.
Nunez acted as the supposed driver, and during the ride Colon surfaced suddenly from the rear of the vehicle, threaten the victim with a firearm and demanded phone, wallet, house key and other possessions.
The victim was held for two hours driving around the town, in which the victim’s belongings were given to Meza. Guzman and Meza then move to the victim’s apartment, they were captured by video surveillance in the process.
Colon questioned the victim about the location of his passphrase associated with the victim’s digital wallet. The information obtained was relayed to Meza and Guzman, they located it and transferred $1.8 million worth of Ether to their account.
The other three accomplices have been previously charged to court separately.
Meza’s Announced Guilty Plea
Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. stated that Louis Meza orchestrated a “21st-century stick-up,” and the “21st-century investigators” brought him swiftly to justice.
Cyrus further noted that since 2010 his office’s cybercrime and identity theft bureau has developed the expertise and technology needed, and has become a leader in cybercrime prosecution and prevention. This was explicit in bringing Meza and his accomplices to justice.
Meza is expected to be sentenced on September 27th, as he’s found guilty of first-degree grand larceny and second-degree kidnapping.
The trend of cryptocurrency theft and cybercrime is increasing daily. Speculative possession of cryptocurrency has made it a viable means to store value. This has made holders a target for scammers.