Pennsylvania Man Charged With SIM Swap Conspiracy to Steal Crypto
Marie Huillet's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 77%
United States authorities have charged a Pennsylvania man with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and extortion via a series of SIM swaps targeting cryptocurrency execs and investors. As per a Dec. 11 news release from the U.S.
Department of Justice, Anthony Francis Faulk, 23, allegedly used "Fraud, deception, and social engineering techniques" to persuade telecoms employees to transfer numbers from SIM cards belonging to his targets. The charges were filed by U.S. Attorney David L.
Anderson and FBI Special Agent in Charge John Bennett and were submitted to the U.S. District Court in Northern California. While the court documents do not disclose the amount of allegedly stolen cryptocurrency, the indictment claims that Faulk used the proceeds to purchase a house, a Ferrari and three other cars, jewelry, a Rolex watch, and royalty rights to twenty songs.
The ill-gotten property will be subject to criminal forfeiture if Faulk is convicted. Following his arrest, Faulk appeared before a court in the Western District of Pennsylvania on Dec. 11.
Faulk has temporarily been released on a $250,000 bond and is due to appear in court on Jan. 9, 2020.A persistent threat.
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