Craig Wright Claims to Own Mt Gox's Bitcoins

Self-called Bitcoin creators now claims to own large amount of Bitcoins
27 February 2018   801

Craig Wright, famous as a man who tried to convince the public that he is the legendary creator of Bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto, now claims that he owns the bitcoin-addresses of the bankrupt Mt Gox stock exchange. This is reported by the Trustnodes.

Court Materials
Court Materials

According to court materials, the only confirmation of Wright's version are his own words.

Court Materials, pt.2
Court Materials, pt.2 

The addresses are given in two annexes to the materials that are of greatest interest.
At the address specified by Wright, starting at 12hR, in 2011, 334,587 BTC was transferred. The transfer came from one of the addresses of Mt Gox. Affiliation of the address was established in 2014, when the detectives tried to prove that there were about 200,000 BTC remaining on the accounts of the exchange. Later, Mt Gox admitted that this money was at the disposal of the bankruptcy estate manager.

BTC Address 12h
BTC Address 12h

The second address, beginning with 12C, received transfers from the address 1AY ... indicated in the number of 424 addresses as evidence of the solvency of the exchange. The affiliation of this address to Mt Gox has also been confirmed.

BTC Address 12c
BTC Address 12c

As for the address of 1933 ..., Wright claims that he was transferred to a confidential possession of an unnamed person. This address is also known to investigators, since it received remittances from one of the four addresses on which Mt Gox held 50,000 BTC. In 2014, these funds were passed through a series of purses to hide their further movement.

BTC Address 1933
BTC Address 1933 

Thus, given Wright's questionable reputation and the lack of evidence, we can assume that these addresses belong to Mt Gox, even if bankrupt.

US Authorities to Sell $4.3M Worth Seized BTC

As reported, the Bitcoins were seized during different federal investigations
18 October 2018   119

The US Federal Penitentiary and Marshals Service has announced an auction, during which 660 Bitcoins will be sold, previously confiscated by law enforcement agencies. The current market value of the coins put up for sale is about $ 4.3 million, CoinDesk reports.

Bitcoins offered for sale were seized during federal criminal, civil and administrative investigations.

The auction will be held on November 5, and to participate in it, you must register no later than October 31 and make a deposit of $ 200,000.

The trades will be divided into two parts and include the sale of six blocks of 100 BTC and one more block of 60 BTC. Auction participants will not be able to view other people's rates or change their own.

The Office clarified that part of the assets put up for auction includes Bitcoins, which were seized during the recent investigations into the cases of the traders Teresa Tetley and Thomas Mario Costanzo. Teresa Tetley was sentenced in July to a year in prison on charges of trading in cryptocurrency without the necessary license and laundering money obtained from drug trafficking.

The Marshals do not report which part of the bitcoins seized from Tetley and Costanzo is put up for auction, however, it was previously known that 40 BTC were withdrawn from the first, and 80 BTC from the second.

Two previous major auctions for the sale of confiscated bitcoins were held in the United States in January and March of this year. In the first case, 3813 BTC was sold, in the second - 2170 BTC.