Bitcoin Ponzi Schemer Hints at Dealings With Mt Gox CEO

Bitcoin Ponzi Schemer Hints at Dealings With Mt Gox CEO

Convicted Ponzi scheme operator Trendon Shavers is now insinuating the major unidentified debtor cited in his defense against the SEC may have been Mark Karpeles, CEO of the now-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt Gox. The claims, while veiled, stem from a new interview for the popular industry podcast Bitcoin Uncensored, in which Shavers faced questions about the history of Bitcoin Savings and Trust (BTCST), an investment operation later deemed a Ponzi scheme in multiple court litigations. Investors lost as much as 700,000 BTC through the scheme, which collapsed in late 2012. In a court....


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