Danil Potekhin and Dimitrii Karasavidi face a growing list of U.S. legal troubles. (wk1003mike/Shutterstock)
Prosecutors detailed Danil Potekhin and Dimitrii Karasavidi’s alleged heists, victims and target exchanges in a 30-page forfeiture complaint filed Wednesday against the pair’s previously seized crypto funds.
In late October 2017, hackers pumped $5 million of one victim’s crypto into NEO’s Gas market, skyrocketing the usually sleepy token’s value 13,000% before ordering their personal gas-holding Poloniex accounts to cash out into ETH. The victim “lost virtually all of his $5 million in cryptocurrency,” prosecutors alleged.
Karasavidi and Potekhin face a mounting lineup of legal troubles. This week, to the Treasury Department’s OFAC blacklist and also face federal wire fraud, hacking and money laundering charges.