KEY POINTS
  • Three people were indicted for an identity theft conspiracy that allegedly included the $400 million hack in late 2022 of doomed cryptocurrency exchange FTX, court records show.
  • Robert Powell, the alleged ringleader of the SIM-card swapping group, is due to appear in federal court in Chicago.
  • Also charged in the case are Carter Rohn, an Indianapolis resident, and Colorado resident Emily Hernandez, according to the indictment, which was issued in mid-January by a grand jury in federal court in Washington, D.C.
The FTX logo is displayed on a phone screen and the representation of cryptocurrencies is seen in this photo taken in Krakow, Poland, on Nov. 14, 2022.

Three people were indicted for an identity theft conspiracy that allegedly included the $400 million hack from FTX on the same day in November 2022 that the doomed cryptocurrency exchange filed for bankruptcy protection, court records show.

Robert Powell, the 26-year-old alleged ringleader of the SIM-card swapping group that drained that crypto out of FTX's virtual wallets, was ordered released on a $10,000 bond after a detention hearing Friday in Chicago federal court. Powell's attorney Gal Pissetzky declined to comment.