Woman charged in $4.5 billion Bitfinex case cleared to seek new job: Bloomberg 

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  • Morgan and her husband Ilya Lichtenstein were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the United States, and face as many as 25 years in prison if convicted.

Heather Morgan, who was charged along with her husband in February of conspiring to launder $4.5 billion worth of bitcoin stolen from the Bitfinex crypto exchange, was granted permission by a judge to seek new employment while her case proceeds, Bloomberg reported today. 

A judge on Friday granted Morgan’s request to “engage in legitimate employment and receive income of greater than $10,000 per month,” Bloomberg said. 

Morgan and her husband Ilya Lichtenstein were arrested in New York and charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to defraud the United States, and face as many as 25 years in prison if convicted. They were subsequently granted bail. The Justice Department seized $3.6 billion worth of bitcoin tied to the 2016 hack of Bitfinex.