DA Vance Announces Guilty Plea of Ring Leader in $1.8 Million Cryptocurrency Armed Robbery

September 5, 2018

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the guilty plea of LOUIS MEZA, 35, for orchestrating the kidnapping and theft of more than $1.8 million in Ether, a cryptocurrency. MEZA pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the First Degree and Kidnapping in the Second Degree, and is expected to be sentenced on September 27, 2018.

“Louis Meza orchestrated a 21st-century stick-up,” said District Attorney Vance. “Then 21st-century investigators brought him swiftly to justice, securing a landmark conviction in an undeveloped area of the law. Since 2010, my Office’s Cybercrime & Identity Theft Bureau has developed the expertise and technology to become a national leader in cybercrime prosecution and prevention, as underlined by this conviction and recovery of funds on the survivor’s behalf. I thank our investigators and prosecutors for their work on this significant and complex case.”

Defendant Information:

LOUIS MEZA, D.O.B. 9/17/1982
Passaic, NJ


  • Grand Larceny in the First Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
  • Kidnapping in the Second Degree, a class B felony, 1 count