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Charges Brought Against Sindri Þór in Bitcoin Theft Case

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Charges Brought Against Sindri Þór in Bitcoin Theft Case

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Police have officially brought charges against Sindri Þór Stefánsson and several other individuals in the matter of 600 stolen computers from three data centers in December 2017 and January 2018 RÚV reports. The computers had been outfitted for bitcoin mining and were worth an estimated ISK 200 million ($2 million; €1.6 million). Sindri Þór and the other suspects have also been charged with conspiracy.

The heist is one of the largest theft cases in Icelandic history. It was also quick to become a very high-profile case in the wake of Sindri Þór’s escape from the low security prison where he was being held in custody after the theft. Having booked a plane ticket to Sweden with his own credit card just an hour before making his escape, Sindri Þór eluded authorities upon landing but was eventually arrested in Amsterdam five days later. Upon his arrest, he was sentenced to 19 days in prison and returned to Iceland.

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