Mark Karpeles, the CEO of Mt Gox, is currently being accused of embezzlement by Japanese authorities. The prosecutors of the court case are seeking a 10-year sentence for the ex-CEO, which commanded the now-defunct Mt Gox exchange.
This comes in the midst of the extension announced for civil rehabilitation claims. Japanese prosecutors say as much by alleging that Mark Karpeles's actions "played a great role in totally destroying the confidence of Bitcoin users.
The actions in question are that he allegedly embezzled a total of 341 million yen (US$3 million) of customer funds from the Mt Gox account, moving it to his personal account between September and December 2013, while padding the numbers on his company's trading system to cover up the loss.
Karpeles has sworn his innocence and says the money, moved in the last four months of 2013, was meant to serve as only a temporary loan.
He also argued, earlier in the trial, that the funds in question did not belong to clients but were his now-defunct company’s revenue.
In response to the former CEO’s statement, the prosecutors at the court said:
There was no documentation of loans, and there was no intention of paying back the money.
The prosecutors went further to demand a harsh sentence for Karpelès. According to the Japanese prosecutors, the Mt. Gox Chief betrayed his clients’ confidence and misused most of their funds.
The ex-CEO is currently confined to Japan as a condition of his bail and has been answering in freedom. He has often protested his innocence and publicly appealed to the industry.
It remains unknown when the trail will conclude, the publication added.