FTX Hack Mystery Possibly Solved: U.S. Charges Trio With Theft, Including Infamous Attack on Crypto Exchange

The federal indictment doesn't identify Sam Bankman-Fried's FTX as the pilfered company, but Bloomberg reported that's who it was.

AccessTimeIconFeb 1, 2024 at 10:59 p.m. UTC
Updated Mar 8, 2024 at 8:54 p.m. UTC

The U.S. federal government on Wednesday charged three people with a yearslong phone hacking conspiracy that culminated in the infamous theft of $400 million from FTX as Sam Bankman-Fried's crypto exchange was collapsing.

In an 18-page indictment filed in D.C. court, prosecutors accused Robert Powell, Carter Rohn and Emily Hernandez with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and identity theft in their operation of a SIM swapping ring that targeted fifty victims between March 2021 and April 2023.

Their most notable heist came on Nov 11, 2022, when the trio siphoned $400 million from an unidentified company. Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the matter, said that company was FTX.

They gained access to an employee of the crypto exchange through AT&T and transferred out hundreds of millions of dollars worth of crypto.

The charges offer a solution to one of the most vexing questions left in the FTX saga: what happened to hundreds of millions of dollars in crypto that disappeared in the exchange's darkest hour, right after it filed for bankruptcy protection.

Edited by Nick Baker.


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