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QuadrigaCX mystery takes a shocking turn: Wife reveals CEO used own money to fund user withdrawals

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Widowed wife of Gerry Cotton, the dead CEO of QuadrigaCX exchange claims that her husband used to mix his own money with the exchange's funds.

The current situation of the defunct exchange QuadrigaCX is just like a thriller movie as cryptocurrency enthusiasts around the world are curious to know what exactly has happened and what was the exchange up to. It was in the news recently that Ernst & Young, one of the top auditing and law firms in the world had revealed that QuadrigaCX’s cold storage wallets had almost NIL amount of user funds. This was quite shocking for the people who had millions of their investment or trading funds on the exchange as they were not hoping for this.

 

QuadrigaCX: A Shocking Turn

The situation gets even worse now as the widowed wife of Gerry Cotton, the dead co-founder, and CEO of QuadrigaCX exchange claims that her husband used to mix his own money with the exchange’s funds in order to fulfill customer withdrawals. According to Gerry’s wife, she does not know exactly how Gerry used to operate his business/exchange, however, he used to tell her that he had to keep transferring his own personal money into Quadriga CX exchange to fund the user withdrawals last year.

 

The statement of the widowed wife came into the picture soon after Ernst & Young revealed that the cold storage wallets of the exchange were nearly empty. A report also claimed that the exchange’s funds (around 600,000 ETH) were stored on different exchanges namely Kraken, Bitfinex, and Poloniex, after being transferred from the cold wallets.

 

The situation got worse long before the death of Gerry Cotton:

The situation had got worse long before the death of the CEO of QuadrigaCX, Gerry Cotton. The company was already in huge trouble and also is facing a legal battle with a bank. The CEO had to fund the exchange withdrawals using his own personal savings which may be because the holdings of people were being spent on personal expenses previously or had been lost on gambling or other activities. This is not confirmed and yet to be known. However, the people drew attention to the QuadrigaCX case only after the death of the CEO this year.

 

Is there a Change of Recovery?

If the CEO of QuadrigaCX, Gerry Cotton had really transferred the cold wallet funds onto other cryptocurrency exchanges as being reported earlier, and the auditors are able to track these fund’s transactions, there might be a chance for the victims to get their funds recovered, either fully or partially.

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The Death of Cryptopia: How it all Happened?

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Cryptopia has now gone into liquidation and suspended trading operations with them saying that they have been unable to reduce costs and to be profitable.

After the Cryptopia exchange was hit by a big hack back in mid-January which resulted in a loss of around $16 million in Ethereum and other ERC20 tokens, it has been struggling to reopen and find any kind of relevance.

 

Cryptopia decides to liquidate:

The matter of hack was made worse by the fact that the exchange was already becoming completely irrelevant at the time of the hack. Cryptopia has now gone into liquidation and suspended trading operations with the company saying that they have been unable to reduce costs and to be profitable.

 

It was decided that liquidation was the best path forward for all the stakeholders. While the liquidation takes place, all trading and withdrawals have been suspended and the process may take months to resolve.

 

The users still have their funds locked up in the exchange and they are unable to withdraw them because Cryptopia controls the private keys. If ever it becomes possible for the users to withdraw their cryptocurrencies remains to be seen.

 

What kind of obligations will the exchange have to the stakeholders may impact the kind of obligations they have to their users and the funds of the users that are stuck on the exchange.

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Will Bitfinex and Tether Fail? The IEO Chaos, LEO Token and Affect on BTC

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Bitfinex IEO is happening just a few days after the New York attorney general announced that they were taking action against iFinex.

The upcoming Bitfinex IEO is something that is being discussed all around the cryptocurrency space. It is quite surprising that the Bitfinex IEO is happening just a few days after the New York attorney general announced that they were taking action against iFinex, who owns both Tether and Bitfinex.

 

Tether and Bitfinex: The Same Entity

Tether and Bitfinex are largely the same entity. It is worth remembering of course that they lied and said that they were not connected before we had the whistleblower leak called the Panama Papers, which actually revealed their lie and that the audits have never been delivered despite being promised. In an industry in which we are striving so hard for transparency, Tether and Bitfinex have done everything possible to be opaque at every opportunity that they can get.

 

The Issue of $850:

It seems that Bitfinex has misplaced $850 million in corporate and customer fund which has resulted in some rather fancy accounting work which essentially saw an equal amount of Tether underlying dollars used by Bitfinex to cover that loss of $850 million with Bitfinex putting up shares in the company as collateral resulting in Tether only being 74% backed. Bitfinex of course casually forgot to mention all of this to investors or the holders of Tether that Bitfinex had $850 million seized.

 

The 2016 Bitfinex Hack:

Back in 2016, Bitfinex got hacked for 120,000 bitcoin which at that time was worth about $72 million and the losses were spread to users who experienced a generalized loss of 36%. They enforced a bail-in on exchange users and took 36% of account holders funds and the users were given a Bitfinex token in place of their stolen funds. The BFX token was redeemable for shares in Bitfinex. However, the cryptocurrency market was quite different and small at that time with the total market cap of $12 billion (at the time of hack). So, Bitfinex being hit $72 million or 120,000 bitcoins was pretty big because Bitfinex was the king of cryptocurrency exchanges back then, which now stands at #49.

 

The Bitfinex IEO:

Bitfinex is looking to raise $1 billion from big money investors. Each token that they are putting up is going to be worth $1 purchasable with Tether. The token will be called LEO and will be a utility token. According to documents LEO token holders will enjoy reduced crypto to crypto trading fees on Bitfinex and the companies decentralized exchange EOSfinex. Moreover, the token will also reportedly grant decreased lending fee, reduction withdrawal, and deposit fee, discounts and derivatives fees reductions.

Bitfinex has announced that $600 million is already taken in terms of allocation by private investors and the rest $400 million will be available for retail investors on May 10th.

 

If Bitfinex and Tether fail, How will it affect the price of Bitcoin?

If somehow BItfinex and Tether crumble due to the New York attorney general taking action against the company, bitcoin price might be affected at all with only Bitfinex crumbling especially at the current stage in the cryptocurrency game where Bitfinex stands at the 49th position in the top crypto exchanges list. However, if Tether fails, that could be potentially disastrous of a Mt.Gox level proportion if it happens overnight.

Competitors, of course, are scrambling to get bigger and bigger by the day trying to get people over to their services and people are already moving into those alternatives. Every time that happens, the impact of a Tether collapse becomes less and less relevant. However, there is a massive exposure to Tether across the markets with most major cryptocurrency exchanges having massive volumes in Tether pairs and much lower volumes in other stablecoin pairs.

 

What are your thoughts on the upcoming Bitfinex IEO? Let us know in the comments section below.

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5th Largest Korean Cryptocurrency Exchange: Coinnest Shuts Down

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Coinnest which is one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in Korea made an announcement that it is going to shut down its operations in the midst of some financial, admin and legal problems.

 

Coinnest Shuts Down:

According to a recent publication by Coinnest, bitcoin exchange, the exchanges is shutting down its operations. Coinnest had earlier closed down its new account creation services on 16th April 2019.

 

According to the exchange, it is going to terminate the trading and deposit features at the end of this month. However, the users shall be able to withdraw their cryptocurrencies from the exchange until 30th June 2019.

 

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Following the decision to shut down its operations, the exchange has made an announcement regarding the decrease of the minimum withdrawal amount as well the withdrawal fees. Coinnest warned the users that no user shall be able to withdraw their funds after 30th June 2019.

 

Last year, the CEO of the exchange, Kim Ik-hwan was arrested by the South Korean police for fraud and theft. Since then, the exchange had been facing a bad time. The CEO was found guilty by the court and was sentenced to prison along with a fine of $2.5 million.

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