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Who Are Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan? They Inspired a Possible Netflix Project

Laura Beatham
Feb 15, 2022
10:40 A.M.
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New York couple Ilya "Dutch" Lichtenstein and Heather "Razzlekhan" Morgan face some pretty hefty charges as there is an estimated $4 billion tied up in their case. 

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According to Variety, Netflix has ordered a docuseries about the recently arrested Heather Morgan and Ilya Lichtenstein, a tech-based and entrepreneurial couple in New York City. 

The New York Times reported that agents arrested Morgan and Lichtenstein on February 8, 2022, with charges relating to a hack of the Bitcoin virtual currency exchange, Binfinex, in 2016. 

Ilya Lichtenstein posed with the couple's pet cat [Left] Heather Morgan posed promoting her personal "Razzlekhan" on Facebook [Right] Source: facebook.com/thewafflequeen & facebook.com/unrealdutch

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Reportedly, the married couple hacked into the exchange and stole around 120,000 Bitcoin assets. At the time, the stolen Bitcoin was worth $71 million, but as the value rose, the amount increased to over $4 billion.

Lichtenstein and Morgan allegedly tried to launder the assets, using fake identities and online accounts to buy NTFS and physical gold. Netflix stated that the crime was one of the most significant financial crimes in history. 

Close up on a Bitcoin with red and blue lights in the background. | Photo: Shutterstock

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While according to officials, this is the largest single seizure of funds in the Justice Department's history. Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco

said

of the arrests:

"Today's arrests, and the department’s largest financial seizure ever, show that cryptocurrency is not a safe haven for criminals."

So who are Morgan and Lichtenstein? While the answer might surprise people, as reading through their charges and crimes, one might imagine mysterious figures hiding behind blinking screens, waiting to make their next move. 

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However, from the outside, Lichtenstein and Morgan, who goes by her rapper name "Razzlekhan," seem to be far from what TV shows and movies portray ingenious hackers to look like. 

Lichtenstein, 34, possesses dual Russian-US citizenship after moving to the US as a young child. He studied psychology at the University of Wisconsin and is now a Technology entrepreneur, coder, and investor.

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He is the co-founder of MixRank, which allegedly included Mark Cuban as an investor. He also founded Endpass, "a blockchain startup solving problems in decentralized identity and authentication."

Morgan seems to have a more eccentric personality than her tech-starter husband. She has an intriguing internet persona called Razzlekhan, who is a rapper. She uses the name for her social media channels, including TikTok, where she posts various looks into the couple's lives. 

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For her professional life, the self-described "crocodile of Wallstreet" has written articles for Forbes about advice and opinions on cryptocurrency prospects and security. She also previously ran an email marketing company. 

Before moving to New York to work in finance, Morgan studied economics and international relations at The University of California and obtained a Master's degree in economics at the American University of Cairo. 

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According to their Facebook profiles, Lichtenstein proposed to his "best friend and the woman of [his] dreams" in 2019, with an elaborate proposal that included billboards in New York's Times Square. They got married in 2021. 

It seems many Bitcoin watchers and reporters will have their eyes on this case, hoping to find out how to seemingly ordinary 30-something-years were able almost to pull off their crypto-crime. 

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