Major Victim of Cryptopia Hack Prepares to Sue Liquidator Grant Thornton
The tale of hacked exchange Cryptopiaâ€™s extended liquidation is poised to see new legal action from a major creditor and token issuer.
On July 21, legal representation for GNY, a firm focused on artificial intelligence and the issuer of LML, filed a final notice of liquidatorsâ€™ failure to comply with duties. The liquidator in question is accounting firm Grant Thornton, which GNY accuses of botching their handling of hacked and defunct crypto exchange Cryptopia.
Such a notice is the final step before a lawsuit, which would add to an already entangled case of trying to return funds from a compromised exchange.
The hack and the drawn-out distribution of funds
Hackers accessed New Zealand-based crypto exchange Cryptopia for two weeks in January 2019, making off with an estimated NZ$23 million (or USD $16 million).
GNY claimed NZ$27,228,202.35 (roughly USD $18 million) in their claim with creditors last year. According to analysts, the firm lost somewhere in the vicinity of 492 Bitcoins (BTC) â€” $2.5 million at the time of the claim, but $4.5 million as of press time.
Grant Thornton, for its part, has protested in the past that the deadlines it faced in the case were unreasonable.
Potential ethics issues spurring the suit on
Citing recent ethics failures on the part of Grant Thornton, a representative for GNY told Cointelegraph that the latter was worried that.
Speaking with Cointelegraph, Cosmas Wong, GNYâ€™s founder and CEO, described the pursuit as more about getting a seat at the table, saying that Grant Thornton had ignored the firmâ€™s claim throughout the liquidation process:
â€œThe biggest problem is theyâ€™ve [Grant Thornton] had our claim from the beginning. Our claim predated the liquidation of the company.â€�
â€œWeâ€™re not expecting that they pay us back. Thatâ€™s not what happens in a liquidation, but we do expect us to admit the claim,â€� Wong explained. â€œRight now, it sounds like â€” feels like â€” theyâ€™re trying to pretend that weâ€™re not there.â€�
This lines up with Wongâ€™s earlier statements on behalf of GNY. In announcing a suit against Cryptopia before their liquidation last year, Wong wrote â€œour motivations for filing a claim against Cryptopia transcended money.â€� In the same vein, he told Cointelegraph that â€œWeâ€™re not after anyoneâ€™s tokens.â€�
In a statement provided to Cointelegraph, representatives for Grant Thornton New Zealand wrote: â€œWe understand that this is a difficult time for creditors. However, the allegations made by this creditor have no merit and we fully deny them.â€� They further cautioned â€œthat it is defamatory to make untrue claims in the public domain.â€�
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