US to withdraw extradition request for Dublin man

by Gazette Reporter

The US authorities are likely to withdraw their extradition request for a Dublin computer hacker who stole over two million dollars in Bitcoin cryptocurrencies, a court has heard.

Conor Freeman (21) appeared before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court and affirmed guilty pleas to a number of charges under the theft and fraud act.

Freeman admits using his computer to steal the cryptocurrencies from his home at Glenageary Court, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.

It was previously reported that his surrender was being sought on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, four counts of aiding and abetting wire fraud and four counts of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.

If convicted in the US he is facing up to 108 years in prison.

Paul Murray BL, defending, told the court that there was an expectation that because of his client’s co-operation with authorities here and in the US, the extradition request will be withdrawn.

Freeman pleaded guilty to seven charges, including one of knowingly engaging in the possession of the proceeds of crime, namely 142.75682712 Bitcoin.  

Judge Melanie Greally set a sentence date to November 16 next and remanded Freeman on continuing bail. The extradition matter is next before the High Court on October 12.

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