U.S. prosecutors in talks with second suspect tied to JPMorgan hack

Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:49pm EDT
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By Nate Raymond

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have disclosed they are in discussions to resolve a case against a second Florida man linked to a massive data breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co, after saying they are engaged in similar talks with his co-defendant.

In a court filing made public Friday in Manhattan federal court, a prosecutor said Anthony Murgio, who was charged for operating an unlicensed bitcoin exchange service, was in discussions "regarding a possible disposition of this case."

The filing used language that is typically indicative of plea talks, though cases sometimes also can be resolved with deferred prosecution agreements or with charges being dropped.

The filing by Eun Young Choi, a prosecutor under Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, came two weeks after authorities disclosed similar discussions were underway with Murgio's co-defendant, Yuri Lebedev.

In light of the discussions, U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Mass entered an order extending the deadline for when a grand jury would need to indict Murgio to Oct. 9.

A spokeswoman for Bharara declined comment on Monday. Gregory Kehoe, Murgio's lawyer, did not immediately to requests for comment.

Any plea secured in the case could mark a breakthrough for authorities investigating the hacking of JPMorgan, which compromised information in 83 million household and small business accounts.

U.S. and Israeli authorities arrested four people in Israel and Florida in July in connection with two separate fraud schemes.   Continued...

A view of the exterior of the JP Morgan Chase & Co. Corporate headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar