Computer hacker Conor Freeman faces US extradition hearing after $2m cryptocurrency theft
26 Nov 2020

A Dublin hacker’s conviction for stealing more than $2 million in cryptocurrencies may affect a US request for his surrender, the High Court was told.

Siobhán Ní Chúlacháin, BL, said that Conor Freeman was sentenced by Dublin circuit criminal court last week “arising out of similar circumstances” and this information had been sent to Washington.

Freeman, 21, of Glenageary Court, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, was jailed for almost three years after he admitted knowingly engaging in the possession of the proceeds of crime — 142.75682712 Bitcoin.

Ms Ní Chúlacháin, for the state, asked the High Court if Freeman could be produced by video link on January 18, when it is expected that the matter will be finalised. Mr Justice Paul Coffey approved the application.

Freeman’s surrender to the US is being sought on conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four charges of aiding and abetting wire fraud, and four of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft. If convicted, Freeman could face up to 108 years in prison.

Paul Carroll SC, for the defence, had told Dublin circuit criminal court that it was hoped that because of his client’s co-operation with the authorities in Ireland and America, the extradition request would be withdrawn.

Freeman, described in court as a “loner”, also pleaded guilty to stealing $100,000 in cryptocurrency from Darran Marble on May 15, 2018, stealing cryptocurrencies worth $1,921,335, from Seth Sharpiro on May 16, 2018, and stealing cryptocurrencies valued at $167,622.22 from Micheal Templeman on May 18, 2018.

Freeman entered guilty pleas to three counts of dishonestly operating a computer to make a gain between those dates. He has no previous convictions.

By Alison O’Riordan, The Times, 24 November 2020

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