A 27-year-old man has recently filed charges of second-degree burglary against a group of young professionals who allegedly raided his luxury apartment, coercing him to hand over his cryptocurrency account login information.
As stated in the complaint filed before the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, 25-year-old Stephen Orso purportedly harassed Nicholas Truglia into surrendering his “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.”
According to the New York Post report published November 6, the four suspects aged 19-29 dragged Nicholas Truglia back to his apartment on West 42nd Street in New York where they proceeded to ransack the place. As detailed in the complaint, surveillance footage allegedly shows the four leaving Truglia’s loft two hours later, with what appeared to be a laptop under the sweatshirt of 25-year-old Chris David, one of the four suspects.
Truglia told police authorities that his laptop, two smartphones, and a thumb drive in which his crypto data were supposedly stored went missing that night. While it was not detailed whether or not the suspects were able to gain access to the plaintiff’s crypto account, his laptop and one of the missing mobile phones were subsequently returned.
However, the suspects’ legal representative Stacey Richman refuted the plaintiff’s allegations, stating that Truglia subsequently retracted his accusations. As Richman claimed:
“I provided audio to the district attorney’s office wherein the complainant admits these allegations are false.”
While each of the suspects, Stephen Orso, 25, David Leica, 19, Steven Dorn, 29, and Chris David, 25, was charged with second-degree burglary, all were released on bail and are set to appear in court on March 14 where a final verdict on the case is expected to be passed.