February 14, 2022
Netflix has ordered a documentary series about a married couple’s alleged scheme to launder billions of dollars worth of stolen cryptocurrency.
Ilya “Dutch” Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan were arrested in their New York City apartment on Feb. 8, and now face charges of conspiring to launder nearly 120,000 Bitcoin tied to the 2016 hack of a virtual currency exchange. As the value of the stolen Bitcoin soared from $71 million at the time of the hack to nearly $5 billion, the couple allegedly tried to liquidate their digital money by creating fake identities and online accounts, and buying physical gold, NFTs, and more — all while investigators raced to track the money’s movement on the blockchain.
Chris Smith (“Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,” “Tiger King”) is set to direct and executive produce along with executive producer Nick Bilton (“Fake Famous,” “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, ‘American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road”).