Former Mt. Gox CEO officially charged with embezzlement

Tibanne CEO Mark Karpeles At Mt.Gox Bitcoin Exchange And Bitcoin Images

Mt. Gox is a sordid story seemingly refuses to die. Last we heard, the bitcoin exchange’s CEO Mark Karpeles had been arrested by Tokyo police, and some six weeks later he’s been charged with pilfering 321 million yen (around $2.7 million) of former clients’ money according to Reuters. Apparently he spent it on a custom-built bed and buying the rights for computer software development. Why the gap between arrest and now? Well, Japan grants that sort of holding even without formal charges. As the AFP Newswire tells it, Karpeles is still being held by Japanese authorities, but he can petition the court for “release pending trial.” We’ll have to wait and see if he exercises that right.

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