Mt. Gox CEO to be Found Guilty of Falsifying Docs

Mark Karpeles has a suspended term of four years ahead to prove his reliability and to avoid a real imprisonment
15 March 2019   149

The Tokyo District Court convicted the former CEO of the Mt.Gox bitcoin exchange, Mark Karpeles, of falsifying documents and sentenced him to two years and six months in prison. Nevertheless, Karpeles has a suspended term of four years ahead to prove his reliability and to avoid a real imprisonment. Reported by The Block.

Note that the prosecutor's office demanded 10 years in prison, however, on charges of embezzlement and violation of corporate law, Karpeles was found not guilty.

Karpeles and his lawyers intend to assess the situation and develop a strategy for action on the charges.

Earlier, the Illinois court rejected the petition of the lawyers of the former head of Mt.Gox to suspend the proceedings against him in the United States. So, American investors Gregory Green and Anthony Motto demand that Carpeles be personally responsible for the loss of their investments.

Once the largest Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox crashed in early 2014. This happened after the information appeared about its alleged hacking and theft of 800,000 BTC ($ 480 million at that time). In December last year, Carpeles, during his closing speech at a Tokyo court, called himself innocent of the events that caused the millions of client losses and the company's collapse.

Cryptopia to Provide New Info Regarding Compensations

The exchange isn't going to refund deposits, sent more than 24 hours after the security breach
25 March 2019   23

The New Zealand cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia provided additional information regarding the procedure for paying compensation to users who suffered from a hacker attack in January.

According to today's announcement, users who have made deposits to their addresses more than 24 hours after the company reported the incident, that is, after 16/01/2019 12:00AM NZT , will not be able to claim payment in accordance with the previously announced plan.

The Exchange also draws attention to the fact that it currently does not have a specific deadline for returning assets to users to whom such payments are due. Cryptopia addresses are still not available for deposits, so users shouldn't try to transfer funds to them until further notice. After the renewal of deposits, clients of the exchange will need to regenerate the purse addresses for each of the supported cryptocurrencies.

As analysts noted, the funds withdrawal continued even after the official announcement and the start of a police investigation.