‘Friends’ Torture a Crypto Holder, Steal Wallet Credentials
A group of young experts used cruel interrogation techniques to force a crypto holder to provide his login credentials.
A New York crypto holder was tortured by acquaintances who coerced him to reveal his crypto wallet credentials, The New York Post reported earlier this week.
According to the publication, a group of four young professionals accompanied Nicolas Truglia, 27, to his luxury apartment in Manhattan after a night of drinking. The men then pillaged the Bitcoin enthusiast’s place before interrogating Truglia until they successfully obtained the login information for his cryptocurrency accounts.
The court documents reveal that one of the suspects -- the 25-year-old Stephen Orso -- demanded Truglia “provide him with login information for his cryptocurrency accounts while holding his head underwater in the bathtub, punching him in the stomach and throwing hot wax on him.”
All of the suspects involved in the case are better off financially, with Orso being the son of a successful venture capitalist. The group frequently appeared at red carpet events in Manhattan.
Surveillance footage from the high-rise shows the group leaving the victim’s home two hours after they arrived. The court papers describe one of the suspects “concealing a rectangular object under his sweatshirt consistent with a laptop computer”.
Truglia told police he woke up the next morning and found most of his electronic devices -- including two mobile phones, a laptop, and a hard wallet containing his cryptocurrency account information -- were missing. He was then able to track one of the phones via a location app to an apartment shared by his ‘friends’.
Two days later two of the suspects returned the missing hardware to Truglia, claiming they brought it with them to “keep it safe”.
The suspects’ lawyer maintained the version his clients were “helping a person who had overimbided”, and the accusations against the young experts were “outright falsehoods”.
Each defendant has been charged with one count of second-degree burglary and the men are expected back in court on March 14.