Ethereum Stealer Admits to Theft of $1.8 Million ETH from New York Victim and Kidnapping Charges
Louis Meza Admits To Theft Of $1.8 Million Ether From Unnamed New York Victim, Along With Kidnapping Charges
Based on a statement published on Wednesday in Manhattan, District Attorney Cyrus Vance verified that Louis Meza pled guilty to accusations of both kidnapping and robbery. Though the victim is unnamed, the publication showed that the total theft was to the tune of $1.8 million in Ether.
The official charges include grand larceny in the first degree, and kidnapping in the second degree.
The original arrest of Meza occurred in December, when he was cited for forcing the victim to give up his cell phone, wallet, and keys, while held at gunpoint. The crime was actually committed in November of the same year. D.A. Vance offered this statement within the publication:
“Meza orchestrated a 21st-century stick-up. Then 21st-century investigators brought him swiftly to justice, securing a landmark conviction in an undeveloped area of the law. Since 2010, my Office's Cybercrime & Identity Theft Bureau has developed the expertise and technology to become a national leader in cybercrime prosecution and prevention, as underlined by this conviction and recovery of funds on the survivor's behalf.”
The District Attorney’s website says that Meza’s sentencing is scheduled for September 27th. The Wall Street Journal added their own information to this case, showing that Meza accepted a plea deal that will send him to prison for 10 years. The sentencing hearing will allow the judge to either accept and confirm the terms, or the judge will alter the sentence to something more appropriate.
Meza was the primary suspect after a video from surveillance cameras was acquired. This video showed Louis Meza going into the victim’s home with the use of the keys that he stole. Upon leaving, he brought out a box that allegedly held the victim’s digital wallet. In the original charges, Meza was accused of criminal possession of stolen property, computer tampering, computer trespass, and criminal use of a firearm as well.
Ultimately, the only charges to which Meza pled guilty to were kidnapping and grand larceny, as per the plea deal.