Irish authorities are struggling to identify exactly who owns $2 million worth of Bitcoin stolen by SIM-swappers in 2018.
Police seized the crypto in December, reports local news Irish Independent, but have so far found just four parties with a claim to it.
- A group of at least eight fraudsters known as The Community ran a SIM-swapping operation throughout 2018.
- Dublin court sentenced 21-year-old Conor Freeman to three years’ prison in 2019.
- Freeman avoided extradition to the US where he could’ve netted a 108-year sentence.
Ireland’s Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) has now requested US authorities help figure out who else is missing their Bitcoin, and reportedly expects quick and “substantive” response.
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Until then, CAB will keep the funds their current form (Bitcoin). The case’s presiding judge acknowledged that presents a certain level of risk — presumably a reference to its volatile price.
The lawyer representing a victim already identified said their client was “very, very anxious” for Ireland to return their Bitcoin.