Halifax, the observer appointed by the court, who watches the $ 260 million demand for QuadrigaCX customers, says he has recently found more than $ 900,000 in his digital assets-just to see more than half of them escape.
The strange turn of events was revealed on Tuesday in the first court report submitted by Ernst and Young, who was appointed for surveillance on February 5, when the Nova Scotia Supreme Court granted the insolvent company protection from its creditors.
The report says the monitor has learned last week that QuadrigaCX holds $ 902,743 in Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ether cryptocurrencies in so-called hot portfolios – but something went wrong on February 6th.
Ernst and Young says QuadrigaCX "inadvertently" has transferred 103 Bitcoins worth $ 468,675 to the so-called cold portfolios the company can no longer receive.
"The monitor works with the manual to extract this crypto from the various cold wallets if possible," the report said. – The monitor has arranged for the remaining cryptus to be transferred to a cold wallet that will be held by the monitor.
About 115,000 QuadrigaCX customers owed about $ 70 million in cash and $ 190 million in battleships and other cryptoLooks.
The Vancouver-based exchange was closed on January 28, more than a month after CEO and Nova Scotia's only director, Gerald Cotton, died as he traveled to India, leaving his company without access to much of the crypto.
His widow, Jennifer Robertson, said in court documents that Koten was the only person with access to his laptop, believed to contain the digital keys for digital assets stored in cold portfolios.
Cold wallets are usually offline storage devices protected by encryption technology. CryptoLabs exchange uses them to store most of their digital assets, which puts them out of the reach of online hackers.
Hot wallets are online sites that store smaller amounts of cryptobuddy, making them easily available for trading – a practice similar to using cash in a cash register.
The latest twist in the QuadrigaCX case will surely bring huge online speculations about the company's deals. Judicial documents show constant rumors about Cotton's death and threats directed at his widow, who lived with Kotten right in front of Halifax.
In addition to the cold wallet, Ernst and Young also reported that there are more than one laptop at the center of the case.
Electronic devices recently extracted from an encryption expert working for QuadrigaCX include: two active laptops; two older model laptops; two active mobile phones; two dead mobile phones; and three encrypted USB sticks.
"These devices are currently safe in a rental safe from the monitor," the report said. "Besides, the monitor has been informed and has taken steps to retrieve Mr Cotton's desktop from his home office at his residence in Nova Scotia.
Documents filed in court last month, including a statement from Robertson, show that QuadrigaCX users have owed $ 180 million in cryptography, but Ernst & Young says that this figure is actually $ 190 million.