Nearly $1B Bitcoin Transferred by US Govt as Value Hits $60K

The US government has transferred $922M in seized Bitcoin from Bitfinex hack on the same day Bitcoin reaches $60,000.

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  • The US government has recently moved nearly a billion dollars worth of Bitcoin.
  • The government’s motive behind the transfers has remained unclear, sparking speculation within the community.
  • The transfers have coincided with the price of Bitcoin hitting a two-year high.

In a move that has sparked curiosity and raised questions, the US government initiated a series of transactions involving Bitcoin on February 28th, 2024. This date coincided with Bitcoin reaching $60,000 for the first time in over two years. 

Government Transfers Over 15,000 Bitcoin

The transferred Bitcoin, originating from two government-linked wallets previously seized in connection with the 2016 Bitfinex hack, amounted to roughly $922 million at the time of the transfers.

This action follows a court appearance by Ilya Lichtenstein, one of the individuals accused of orchestrating the Bitfinex hack in 2016. During the hearing, Lichtenstein detailed his hacking methods, highlighting the scale of the breach that resulted in the theft of approximately 119,754 Bitcoin, valued at over $7.4 billion at present-day prices.

The transferred Bitcoin originated from two government-controlled wallets previously seized during the investigation. The transfers began with a small test transaction of 1 Bitcoin, followed by three larger transfers totaling over 15,000 Bitcoin, valued at nearly $950 million at current Bitcoin prices.

“Bitcoin’s Bonnie and Clyde” Inspire Film

The purpose of these transfers remains unclear. However, the timing further piques interest as it coincides with the announcement of a film titled “Razzlekhan,” inspired by the story of Lichtenstein and his wife, Heather Morgan, who were dubbed “Bitcoin’s Bonnie and Clyde” by the New York Times.


These developments come amidst a significant period for the Bitfinex hack and the broader cryptocurrency market. The legal case progresses, and the volatile nature of Bitcoin price fluctuations adds another layer of intrigue to the government’s recent actions. 

What the future holds for the seized funds remains to be seen, but the US government’s decision has undoubtedly drawn the attention of the cryptocurrency community.

On the Flipside

  • The timing of the transfers, with Bitcoin reaching $60,000, could be completely coincidental.
  • The US government’s actions could be seen as testing the waters for future cryptocurrency regulation.

Why This Matters

The US government’s movement of seized Bitcoin from the 2016 Bitfinex hack, coinciding with a surge in Bitcoin’s price and the announcement of a related movie, raises questions about the government’s intentions and adds another layer of complexity to the ongoing legal case and the volatile cryptocurrency market.


To learn more about the legal battle between Bitcoin miners and the US Department of Energy, read here:

Bitcoin Miners Win Round One Against Biden Administration

To learn more about Bitcoin’s recent price surge and its upcoming halving event, read here:

Bitcoin Hits $60K as It Closes in on ATH Ahead of Halving

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Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.