MT Gox Trustee Sold Half a Billion Dollars Worth of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash

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The MT Gox trustee has sold 35,841 BTC for $362 million and 34,008 BCH for $45 million according to reports coming out of a creditors meeting held earlier today.

Mark Karpeles, MT Gox’s former CEO, said the sums were “sold between December 2017 and February 2018 with the assistance of a bitcoin exchange.”

Little further detail is provided at this stage with a full report by the trustee providing no explanation why the funds were sold or why they were sold at this precise point.

MT Gox trustee report on sale of BTC and BCH

The exchange in question is likely Kraken, which was meant to redistribute the funds once a decision was made based on the last information on the matter, but the trustee doesn’t say what exchange was used or what process was used for the sale.

The sums liquidated do appear to be the precise amount of claims made in the fiat equivalent of around $400 per bitcoin. Mark Karpeles suggested it wasn’t a coincidence:

That may be because the court is considering Civil Rehabilitation of the bankrupt exchange following a creditors’ petition. In reply, the court ordered the appointment of an examiner to examine whether there are reasons to dismiss the petition. That examiner reported to the court on February 28th 2018, stating:

“I concluded that there is no ground set forth in Paragraph 2 through 4 of Article 25 of the Civil Rehabilitation Act with respect to the Bankrupt Entity, MtGox Co., Ltd.

However, this conclusion is based on the premises that measures are taken to secure the interests that are expected to have already been obtained, in light of the size of the bankruptcy estate that has been established in the bankruptcy proceedings, by all creditors who filed proofs of claims for the pending bankruptcy case against the Bankrupt Entity, especially creditors whose bankruptcy claims are monetary claims, before the order of commencement of civil rehabilitation proceedings is made, i.e., before the stay of the bankruptcy proceedings.”

The examiner therefore stated there is no reason to rehabilitate if fiat creditors had been satisfied through the bankruptcy proceedings with the trustee so seemingly taking the necessary step to secure the claims at a hugely discounted rate of $400 per BTC by selling the bitcoin and bitcoin cash.

The trustee has another 165,000 bitcoin, currently worth some $1.5 billion, and an equal amount of BCH worth another $150 million. What he will do with those funds remains unclear.

Any likelihood for distribution appears slim and far away. “The matters such as the possibility of carrying out a distribution and the timing and method thereof have not yet been determined,” the trustee said now some four years after bankruptcy proceedings begun.

There’s a raft of claims and counterclaims by the trustee, including a petition to bankrupt Mark Karpeles. As such, any distribution appears very unlikely before all these proceedings are settled, which could at this rate be another half a decade, with all the legal expenses paid by the creditors.

 

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stupid

fckn centralized exchanges

SVH

If he did this on Kraken with the intent to sell at maximum market price, that is market manipulation with that large of a stash of BTC. What kind of fool uses a U.S. exchange for that? Isn’t Kracken a USD exchange? The CFTC has jurisdiction to any knowing attempt to manipulate any market (including crypto) according to their own press release concerning their 1 800 pump and dump crypto hotline. What an idiot…why not stay in Japan?

SVH

It is not us based. Source : Google and two seconds

SVH

The SEC just said today it considers most centralized exchanges as security exchanges and plans on requiring them to register if in the U.S. or if they sell to U.S. citizens. I am no fan of regulation, but when you admit you dumped BTC in that amount into an exchange with the intent to sell off at the peak of your own market induced volume hype…just seems like he is in the wild wild west. I think it was no accident the SEC issued their statement on the heels of this.

Paul

I’ve found the SEC to be pretty on the ball with crypto. The Fed is garbage but the SEC is doing it right.

Aquent Aquentin

authority! the great solution to turtles all the way down which simply decides to stop at just one turtle down

ThatGuyWithThePublicIP

I am amazed that Karpeles does not have a huge mark on him. The financial damage he must have done with MtGox and this dumping must have cost a lot of people a lot of money. Going to look into this further.

How about Bitgrail?

Neved

Don’t listen to that guy. BCC=Bitconnect=Bcash=scam. Same sh*t, all correct.

Roger Ver

BCC is bitconnect, not bitcoin cash, bitcoin cash is BCH, BITCOIN CASH