Morgan and Lichtenstein are in custody pending a hearing scheduled for this week. Their lawyer did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

The investigation includes the largest cash grab in Justice Department history, but what has caught the most attention online are Morgan’s two somewhat distinct personalities: one as a successful and dynamic tech entrepreneur and the other as the “Crocodile of Wall Street” rapping about investing in meme stocks, dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and getting high in a graveyard.

Lichtenstein has a lower online profile than his wife; he described himself as a “tech entrepreneur, explorer and occasional magician” in a 2018 blog post. According to court documents, the dual Russian and American citizen grew up in Glenview, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-founded MixRank, a sales company initially funded by Y Combinator and investors including Mark Cuban, according to the Company Website.

Lichtenstein’s public missives include occasional tech tweets, but Morgan has a prolific social media presence, portraying herself as a surreal rapper who has “more pizzazz” than Genghis Khan in posts that coexist with her more laid-back image of commercial influencer and marketing expert.

Before debuting in Razzlekhan, her rap persona, Morgan grew up in Tehama, a town of about 400 people in Northern California, according to court documents.

After graduating with honors, she moved to Cairo — where she worked at the World Bank, according to her LinkedIn profile — and later to Hong Kong.

She was a “very driven, very bright and very ambitious” economics student, said Travis Lybbert, an economics professor at the University of California, Davis who hired Morgan as an unpaid research assistant in 2011, after graduating. his diploma.

Their interactions took place via video chat, but Lybbert detected “a restlessness for her, professionally.” She had an impressive knowledge of the Middle East and was considering working in the field of development economics. Eventually they co-wrote a chapter in a book on food security and socio-political stability.

“Professionally, she was very sweet, and there was a kind of desire for her to find and take advantage of opportunities,” he said.

Lybbert recalled a polished, put-together young woman, an image juxtaposed to her gold-jacketed rap persona strutting around New York while rapping “an anthem for the misfits and the weirdos” in a video for her 2019 song “ Versace Bedouin”. But the professor said he saw glimpses of a Morgan “who always cared about her appearance”.

“As a young professional, you are trained to present a certain image of aspiration, achievement and ability. And she was good at it,” Lybbert said. “It seems to me looking at the photos that she still has that same carefully curated presentation to the world. But maybe she’s presenting to a different world and with different purposes.

In 2014, Morgan – who lived in San Francisco – founded SalesFolk, a marketing company dedicated to writing email pitches, according to records filed in California. A year earlier, she had met her future husband at a party, according to a post on Lichtenstein’s Facebook profile shown to The Post by one of her high school friends. This and other messages from Lichtenstein were not publicly available.

But Morgan said she decided to pursue rapping while dealing with burnout that followed a work accident in 2018.

“Suddenly everything started to fall apart on a business trip to Asia,” she wrote in a 2019 Forbes Story. Inspired by artists Yolandi, Awkwafina and Tierra Whack — “who seemed to break the mold and ‘own their quirkiness,'” she wrote — Morgan tried her hand at another career.

“I wanted to do this too,” Morgan wrote. “I desperately wanted the chance to express myself authentically and creatively, without all the constraints of the business world.”

Morgan’s songs are as raunchy as they are eccentric (one rhymes “Jane Austen romance” with “taxidermy class”). But a duality runs through his musical repertoire which includes serious subjects, such as health carewith more silly songs about the wishes of geniuses.

“I’m definitely not trying to win a Grammy for my voice, but I’m addicted to rapping,” Morgan wrote in 2019. “I know I still have a lot of room to improve, but that’s what I love about it, and I plan to keep rapping until I’m eighty, between creating new software.

The coexistence of the woman characters shocked some who knew her exclusively as Razzlekhan.

“It wasn’t that she was weird — it was more like she went out of her way to be extra non-traditional and weird,” said Dan, a New Jersey-based photographer who spoke to The Post on condition. that only his first name was used because he feared professional backlash for discussing a potential client. The two didn’t work together, he said, partly because of his “quirky ideas” and partly because he was busy with other projects.

Morgan contacted him last year to ask if he could take his engagement photos and other images to celebrate his wedding. She wanted a “sexy horror-comedy vibe with a romantic twist and a touch of absurdism and occasional grossness,” she wrote to him in a message. In the pitch, Morgan – referring to herself as Razzlekhan – described herself as “the weirdest, flashiest and most colorful”. Lichtenstein – Dutch in the post – “wears more gray and black but sometimes leather,” she wrote.

His ideas included “weird couple photos with a surreal twist,” Dan said, such as posing with a banana and several life-size cardboard cutouts.

“Most interesting – I guess you can call it that,” the photographer said as he read the pitch, “was a square photo of Dutch and all of his women photoshopped together. Basically Heather as usual and Razzlekhan and several other characters she does in wigs…basically all grabbing or touching him in different ways.

But the biggest surprise, Dan said, came after a Google search. In trying to read someone he described as “a postmodern work of art that just doesn’t exist in this current reality,” Dan discovered Morgan’s professional, business-oriented side – one that has splashed across the multitude of articles she wrote as a contributor to Forbes and Inc.com.

“Going down that rabbit hole was the biggest shock,” he said. “You have this seemingly super professional and smart entrepreneur who writes for reputable business sites. It just didn’t make sense that she was, at the same time, so happily in her own world, ignorant of societal norms. It’s honestly shocking.

“Companies that did not yet have distributed teams or work-from-home policies have struggled to transition to full distance amid the pandemic,” Morgan wrote in 2020. “Cybercriminals and fraudsters are taking advantage of this unexpected disruption, leading to a spike in scams and cybercrime.