Michael Patryn, the co-founder of the controversial QuadrigaCX exchange was involved in the past in multiple criminal activities in the past according to reports that reached our crypto news today.
Patryn co-founded the now defunct Canadian crypto exchange together with Gerald Cotten in 2013. The reports show that Michael Patryn was initially known as Omar Dhanani or known to law enforcement to be involved in multiple crimes while living in the United States.
After the passing of the founder and CEO of Quadriga, nearly $145 million in clients’ crypto funds went missing from the exchange. Quadriga is now stuck in legal proceedings after controversial stories emerged in the news that the missing funds could be actually stolen. Ernst & Young were appointed as an independent auditor in order to monitor the creditor protection case. Cotten died of complications of Crohn’s disease.
Patryn left the exchange back in 2016 after he claimed to have a huge disagreement with Cotten over listing processes that were happening in the company. According to Canadian news outlets, Patryn and his partner Lovie Horner still remained as the two largest shareholders in QuadrigaCX despite leaving the company three years ago.
While of course, Patryn denied all allegations that he used to be Dhanani, reports from official government agencies from Canada show that he legally changed his name twice- in 2003 and 2008.
Dhanani was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he was arrested for identity theft and bank and credit card fraud in 2005. The 22-year-old Dhanani pleaded guilty for operating on shadowcrew.com which is now a non-operating marketplace that had 1.5 million stolen credit card numbers.
In 2007 Dhanani also pleaded guilty for multiple criminal cases including grand larceny, burglary, and computer fraud according to the California court records. Patryn later ‘’changed his life around’’ and claimed to be a Bitcoin entrepreneur after he got deported to Canada. He is now allegedly based in Vietnam and serves as a chairman at Fintech Ventures Group which is actually a Canada-based company. Patryn showed he had a lot of experience on his LinkedIn profile where it says that he had been working for QuadrigaCX for 13 years.
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“We are not involved, and the movement is not tied to the procedure outlined in the UNUS SED LEO white paper,” she said.The anonymous nature of Bitcoin wallets is still a mystery for many - which is why moves like this one by the stolen Bitfinex Bitcoin are only evidence of hacker activity after the theft. As such, they can only be used for forensic analysis by blockchain sleuths - but often result in money laundering activity and hide the funds' ultimate destination. For those of you who don't know or haven't been following the best cryptocurrency news sites, the Bitfinex theft was the largest loss of Bitcoins by an exchange since the Mt. Gox hack in early 2014 which wiped away $350 million. In February this year, law enforcement in the United States managed to retrieve 27.66270285 of the stolen Bitfinex Bitcoin (BTC) which had been taken in the hack. Right now, we are all far from even thinking about retrieving the stolen Bitfinex Bitcoin. However, it is good that accounts like Whale_Alert exist and show some activity on the wallets following their hack.
FBI Investigation On The QuadrigaCX Case Emerges In The US
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has officially expanded the QuadrigaCX case where the founder suspiciously died, with more than $100 million in cryptocurrency vanishing. Because of these reasons, the FBI investigation was relocated to the United States today, and the agency took to Twitter to ask for US-based victims of the crime to come forward.
This is actually a good thing for the market, as the ongoing trend of government intervention is either part of an evolution or a new pattern showing anti-crypto activity. It is all based on how you see things from your perspective.
However, the FBI investigation definitely shows serious attitude towards resolving the QuadrigaCX case, which is particularly interesting because of the mysterious activities and elements to it. One of them is the death of its CEO a month after the exchange closing, to then blame on a lack of access to wallets held by the deceased. As if this issue was not crazy enough, the QuadrigaCX funds were later mysteriously sent to the addresses in question.
A lot of questions linger, as the FBI investigation shows, and are subject to many mysteries. In our coming altcoin news, we have been reporting updates on the QuadrigaCX case - up until now where it seems like the case will go beyond a procedural bankruptcy court in Canada. From this, we can see that the exchange will probably be put under criminal investigation for its services rendered to US citizens.
As a result of this, whoever is left of the executive staff may be off the hook. In cases like these (picked up by the media and the best cryptocurrency news sites), it is often a question whether or not the government can recoup anything. However, the FBI investigation must determine if there are assets with value and to this date, no significant assets like that have emerged.
As a final note, many analysts believe that the actual problem for QuadrigaCX are actually its business decisions and relationships, which were the backbone of the struggle when the Canadian bank froze the exchange's assets.
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“Victims who sent Rockcoons Bitcoin never received their title to land as promised. To date, agents have identified at least 10 victims of Rockcoons’ fraud," the release said.Before Rockoons became just another LocalBitcoins trader who got sentenced, he pleaded guilty to operating an exchange without registering with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) of the US Department of Treasury.
“He also admitted to devising a scheme to defraud individuals in connection with the purported sale of real estate in Elko County, Nevada, that he did not own," the release shared by many best cryptocurrency news sites noted.Right now, everyone is asking themselves if LocalBitcoins is just another criminal conduit. Since Rockoons was another LocalBitcoins trader who got sentenced, people are seeing more and more users hit with charges due to money laundering and other cases. In March, the platform was viral in the altcoin news for announcing that it will "soon be under the supervision of the Financial Supervision Authority in Finland" as the country progresses to provide a legal status for crypto and bring the sector under new Anti Money Laundering (AML) laws.
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