Texas woman accused of stealing $570,000 in bitcoin – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A 38-year-old Grand Prairie woman has been charged by Dallas County with over $300,000 in bitcoin theft.

According to court documents obtained by NBC 5, Dallas Police say that in January 2021, Joanne Vazquez was in possession of $570,000 worth of bitcoin, obtained through account passwords stolen from her home.

Police said they were called to a home on January 25 in the 3800 block of Gaspar Drive in Dallas after a resident of the home reported finding a broken window and signs of a robbery.

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Joanne Vasquez, booking photo, September 6, 2022

Police said while in custody, Neria called Vazquez and demanded that the money from the bitcoin accounts be sent to his account, and the funds arrived shortly thereafter. The officers said they were able to recover $100,000 from Neriya, but demanded about $470,000 without consideration. Investigators said they believed Vasquez owned the accounts that controlled the rest of the bitcoin.

Investigators said Vasquez withdrew almost $9,400 from Bitcoin ATMs during four visits between January 25, 2021 and February 1, 2021.

On Tuesday, Vasquez was sentenced to jail in Dallas County. The bail amount has not yet been set, and it is not clear if she has hired a lawyer.

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