WASHINGTON – The United States filed a civil forfeiture complaint on Monday to
more than $154
ly stolen from a s
idiary of Tokyo-based
Corp and then seized by law enforcement during the FBI’s investigation of the theft, the
. Justice Department said.
Rei Ishii, an employee of
Life Insurance Company Ltd in Tokyo,
the property in May and converted it to more than 3,879 Bitcoins valued today at more than $180
, the department said in a statement.
were seized by law enforcement on Dec. 1, based on the FBI investigation, it said.
ly falsified trans
instructions, causing the
to be transferred to an account he controlled at a bank in La Jolla, California, and converted them to Bitcoin, according to the complaint filed in federal court in the Southern District of California.
“All the Bitcoins traceable to the theft have been recovered and fully preserved. Ishii has been criminally charged in Japan,” the Justice Department said. –