Do you remember the Bitcoin Bonnie and Clyde couple, arrested back in February this year for the crime of laundering the 2016 Bitfinex hack billions?
Do you remember how one half of these alleged crypto criminals, Heather Morgan, also went by the name Razzlekhan and rapped original songs called Versace Bedouin and called herself the "Crocodile of Wall Street?"
Since Morgan and her husband Ilya Lichenstein's arrest back in February, the couple — who previously had something like 10+ social media accounts for all their personalities, and their cat — have been quiet on social media. Lichtenstein, because he is in jail, and Morgan, probably because her husband is in jail.
That silence ended yesterday when Heather "Razzlekhan" Morgan’s verified Twitter account tweeted the following:
"I am not involved in any crypto project. Any crypto or NFT project bearing my name or likeness is a scam that I do not endorse."
Our first thought was — is there another Squid Game token situation in the making? Is someone making bank off of a Razzlekhan(coin)?
At first glance, it doesn't seem like it. There are no Razzlekhan or Heather Morgan tokens listed anywhere that could have prompted such a tweet. A quick search on NFT marketplaces does turn up a few Razzle-related NFTs, but most seem to be already quite old and selling for .01 ETH (or less than $17.)
Why has Heather decided to break her silence now? Her tweet is already gathering some of the bigger Crypto Twitter personalities in its comments section: Cobie responded with "Miss u queen."
In a world where politicians and celebrities are constantly having their likenesses stolen to market crypto scams online, it's not impossible to believe that a fake Razzlekhan NFT drop or DeFi project could be coming, and that Morgan's tweet is a warning.
Or, it could be a fakeout, a way to prime her audience for her own NFT launch, and the tweet is meant to throw us off the scent. Because as Anna Delvey has taught us, you actually can release NFTs from prison.
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