August 4, 2020
By: Jake Grissom
TAMPA, Fla. – Facing 30 felony charges for scamming people across America and perpetuating the “Bit-Con” hack of prominent Twitter accounts including; Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Elon, 17-year-old Graham Clark, pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.
The hearing today, took place via video conference over Zoom software. Clark’s bail remains set at $725,000 with a bond hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning at 9:00 A.M.
The specific charges Clark faces are:
ORGANIZED FRAUD (OVER $50,000) – 1 count
COMMUNICATIONS FRAUD (OVER $300) – 17 counts
FRAUDULENT USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION (OVER $100,000 OR 30 OR MORE VICTIMS) – 1 count
FRAUDULENT USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION – 10 counts
ACCESS COMPUTER OR ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITHOUT AUTHORITY (SCHEME TO DEFRAUD) – 1 count
“These crimes were perpetrated using the names of famous people and celebrities, but they’re not the primary victims here. This ‘Bit-Con’ was designed to steal money from regular Americans from all over the country, including here in Florida. This massive fraud was orchestrated right here in our backyard, and we will not stand for that,” State Attorney Warren said.
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