In mid-July, he was accused in Florida of carrying out a hacking attack on Twitter, in which the accounts of important people were taken over.
Authorities say 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark was the “main character” of the attack. He now faces thirty state criminal charges and federal charges can be filed.
“This Bit-Con program was designed to steal money from ordinary Americans across the country, including here in Florida. This massive scam was organized right here in our yard and we won̵7;t be worth it, “said Andrew Warren, Hillsborough Attorney General.
Clark’s mother, contacted by phone on Friday, Emiliya Clark, said her son was innocent.
“I don’t think he did. I talked to him every day, “she said. “I’m devastated.”
Clark was arrested Friday morning after intense investigations by the FBI, the IRS, the Secret Service and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
“This defendant lives here in Tampa, has committed a crime here and will be prosecuted here,” Warren said. Florida law allows minors to be charged as adults in cases of financial fraud.
The accounts targeted by the attack included accounts for Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kanye West, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and businessman Elon Musk.
The messages coming from their accounts promised the recipients that their money would double if they sent the amount in bitcoin to a specific place. Several hundred people seemed to be responding, sending tens of thousands of dollars.
Brandy Zadrozny contributed.