Oregon Man Charged with Cryptocurrency Theft Following Multi-Agency Investigation

Oregon Man Charged with Cryptocurrency Theft Following Multi-Agency Investigation

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POLK COUNTY – An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber ​​Crimes and Digital Evidence Unit into cryptocurrency theft resulted in the arrest Tuesday of an Oregon man. The investigation spanned the country and included agencies from multiple states and jurisdictions: Oregon State Department of Justice, Albany (OR) Police Department, Lincoln County (OR) Sheriff’s Office, Ionia County Sheriff’s Office (Michigan), Santa Clara County (California), the District Attorney’s Office REACT Task Force, and the FBI’s Norfolk (Virginia) Field Office.

In May 2023, at the request of 10th Judicial District Attorney General Shari Tayloe, TBI Special Agents began an investigation into the theft of cryptocurrency from a Polk County resident. During the course of the investigation, agents determined that from September 2022 to December 2023, on three separate occasions the victim had funds stolen from an account, with a total loss of approximately $330,300 at the time of the theft. While the stolen cryptocurrency was sent to multiple exchanges, the investigation revealed that the theft in those incidents could be traced to accounts belonging to Patrick Hakim of Albany, Oregon, or involve accounts or services subscribed to by Hakim. On January 26, 2024, TBI requested and obtained an arrest warrant for Hakim in the 10th Judicial District of Tennessee on a charge of theft of property, over $250,000.

On January 30th, Albany (OR) Police Department detectives arrested Patrick Samuel Hakim (DOB 09/12/1985) on the charge in Tennessee and took him into custody. He is currently being held in the Linn County (OR) Jail while awaiting an extradition hearing.

The case has also been forwarded to the Linn County (OR) District Attorney’s Office for consideration of local charges, including computer crimes and monetary instrument laundering.

NOTE: At this time, it is unclear if there may be additional victims in connection with this case. For that reason, TBI is releasing a booking photo of Hakim and urges anyone with information to contact TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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