Round Rock man sentenced to 2 years for stealing more than $600K in cryptocurrency

A Round Rock man was sentenced in federal court in Austin to 24 months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

According to court documents, between August 2019 and February 2021, Daniel Akira Mills, 22, committed a cyber intrusion technique known as "SIM swapping" to defraud victims of hundreds of thousands of dollars in property.

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During a SIM swapping attack, Mills gained control of a victim's mobile phone number by linking that number to a subscriber identity module (SIM) card controlled by him. The victim's calls and messages would then be routed to a device controlled by Mills that gave him access to the victims' accounts.

Mills and his companions also posted messages on their victims' social media accounts and posted private photographs stolen from celebrity accounts.

Through this scheme, more than $600,000 in cryptocurrency was stolen from dozens of people across the country.

In addition to the 2-year prison sentence, Mills must pay more than $530,000 in restitution to the victims.

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