From Iceland — "Siggi Hacker" Charged With Multiple Fraud And Theft Counts

“Siggi Hacker” Charged With Multiple Fraud And Theft Counts

Published June 11, 2014

Andie Sophia Fontaine
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Hörður Sveinsson

Sigurður Ingi Þórðarson, also known as “Siggi Hacker”, will tomorrow arrive in Reykjanes District Court to face charges of embezzlement, fraud, and theft adding up to about 30 million ISK.

DV reports that Sigurður faces a total of 18 counts of the charges, ranging from funneling millions into a private bank account from Wikileaks to using the accounts of companies to which he did not belong to buy everything from laptops to fast food.

As Grapevine reported, Sigurður, at the time a volunteer for Wikileaks, was funneling money from Wikileaks donations into his private bank account. The embezzlement came to light in 2011, but even then police said he had a history of theft and fraudulent activities.

Part of that history includes, according to police, pretending to be Julian Assange online and soliciting for donations, tricking three men in Luxembourg into giving him about 2.5 million ISK for the purpose of setting up a bank account in their name (which he never did), and using the credit card of a company to which he did not even belong to buy goods and services totaling in the millions.

This is not Sigurður’s first encounter with the law. In 2013, he was also convicted of sexual assault against a 17-year-old boy.



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