Fresh reports from South Africa suggest that a total of 1,200 bitcoins belonging to the now-defunct Mirror Trading International (MTI) were recently transferred from FX Choice to an appointed liquidator. The reports add the transfer had been sanctioned by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), the countryâ€™s financial industry regulator.
Confirmation of the Transfer
According to a South African media report, the 1,200 BTC had been stuck in MTIâ€™s account with FX Choice since June 2020. Similarly, Bitcoin.com News reported in August 2020, that FX Choice had blocked MTIâ€™s account after an investigation into bitcoin trading firm found â€œcompliance concerns.â€ And now, in a new statement issued on March 29, 2021, a representative of FX Choice confirms the transfer of funds. The representative said:
Meanwhile, in FX Choiceâ€™s statement confirming the transfer, the brokerage firmâ€™s representative fails to disclose the actual number of bitcoins that had been sent to the liquidator. Instead, it is Brandon Topham, the FSCAâ€™s head of investigations and enforcement, who reveals in a podcast that 1,200 bitcoins had in fact been sent to liquidators. Topham also clarified that the bitcoins been transferred â€œdirectly to the liquidators.â€
After MTI collapsed in late December 2020, two disgruntled investors immediately approached a South African court seeking relief after failing to withdraw their bitcoin (BTC). The court ruled in their favour and a liquidator was appointed to oversee the process of recovering the bitcoins. Still, this return of the 1,200 bitcoins represents only a small portion of the over half-billion dollars raked in by MTI, which has been labeled the biggest bitcoin scam of the year 2020.
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