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They were in an "old-format wallet"

Mt. Gox has managed to locate about 200,000 of the missing Bitcoins it thought were stolen, which are worth about $120 million USD. 
Mt. Gox, which is a Bitcoin exchange service, said it lost about 750,000 of its customers' Bitcoins last month as well as 100,000 of its own. This totals to about $450 million USD. 
Since that incident, plaintiffs have filed a class-action lawsuit against the company. Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy after the incident as well. 
Mt. Gox and its CEO Mark Karpeles are not allowed to move any money outside of the United States and the company needs to provide full accounting of any assets it has left.

A CBC News report said Mt. Gox found 200,000 of the 850,000 missing Bitcoins -- which it assumed were stolen -- in an "old-format wallet," which is a digital storage file that was searched after the bankruptcy proceedings. 
Mt. Gox said it told the bankruptcy court about the coins on March 10, and that it moved them to an offline site from March 14 to March 15.
Bitcoins can be stored online or offline, in "hot" or "cold" wallets respectively. "Hot" wallets are accessed through a computer network while "cold" wallets can be USB sticks or even a piece of paper. 
Now, the search is on for the remaining 650,000 Bitcoins. 

Source: CBC News

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By JasonMick on 3/22/2014 11:30:46 PM , Rating: 2
1. At the moment, there isn't any evidence of wrongdoing by the CEO himself, so there will be no criminal charges.
HAHAHA ... really?
All he needs to do is let the bankruptcy proceedings go as they will. He just has to keep enough money to get out of Japan, and that won't be very hard.
Err, he's already been caught giving inaccurate information to the court once. They are going to be much warier now.
Donald Trump was left will tens of millions after declaring bankruptcy four times, and easily rebuilt his investment companies after every one. This guy will probably keep $2-3 million at the very least.
That's a rather different scenario. I'm not suggesting that Trump isn't a con artist himself. Many would suggest building massive developments on junk credit and then going bankrupt is abusive/exploitive. But remember, junk bonds are just that -- junk. They're expected to be a high risk investment, hence they carry much higher interest rates (reward). Sometimes it works out (e.g. at least for now, see Sprint).

By contrast Karpeles customers -- the dumb ones, at least -- had very little warning that he was likely never going to repay them.

And most importantly Trump likely couldn't have paid bondholders the money he owed them without liquidating, and likely then he wouldn't get a fair value on his properties, hence it was in everyone's best interests (for the most part) to restructure his debt.

This is a totally different scenario.

Here we're talking about someone -- who your own comment even seems to suggest -- just took everyone's money. If that's the case he has every means to pay them, he's just stealing the money and choosing not to. That kind of thing doth not a valid bankruptcy make.

So please don't draw such misleading comparisons.
2. He doesn't have to move any money. As he leaves the country, he doesn't need to declare that he has any bitcoins. They're electronically stored information. In addition, the customs officials won't even know what to look for, so they certainly aren't going to find it.
Given the amount of money being lost and his status, I'm guessing you're wrong. His electronics would likely be seized.

You're right, for certain he could transfer his wallet to a remote location, e.g. servers in France. But how is he going to cash out. His servers are going to be carefully scrutinized and you're forgetting that bitcoins ARE very traceable with enough effort.

If he's caught either destroying records or trying to transfer his customers' property overseas, he will likely face punishment. See: Enron
Gold, diamonds, or any other physical commodity would be much harder. They're something customs inspectors can identify immediately.
No, not necessarily. If they ban him from leaving the country with electronics, his hopes of smuggling out a usb are no better or worse than, say, smuggling diamonds. Smuggling a pocketful of diamonds sewn into your suitcoat might actually be easier.

Gold, would be harder as it'd set off the metal detector if you carried it through. But you could probably melt it down and fashion plastic objects e.g. razors etc.out of it and paint them silver, though and hope the agents are dumb enough not to notice the density difference/large metal signature @ the scanner.
he won't need officially declared asylum anywhere, just a country that doesn't have an extradition treaty with Japan or the US, and there are plenty of those in South America, the Caribbean, or elsewhere.
Depends. He pissed off at least one institutional investor and his affiliate banks as well. Depending on how much influence these people hold over the U.S. court system, they could put pressure on whatever nation harbors him to extradite him. Or they could hire Dog the Bounty Hunter to track his @$$ down.

He's a marked man if he flees, of that I'm sure.

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