CEO of Failed Bitcoin Exchange Company Arrested in Japan

Mark Karpeles, chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo February 28, 2014. Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, saying it may have lost all of its investors' virtual coins due to hacking into its faulty computer system. Karpeles, bowing in contrition and wearing a suit instead of his customary T-shirt, apologised in Japanese at a news conference for the company's collapse, blaming "a weakness in our system." (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Yuya Shino)
Mark Karpeles, chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo February 28, 2014. Mt. Gox, once the world’s biggest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, saying it may have lost all of its investors’ virtual coins due to hacking into its faulty computer system. Karpeles, bowing in contrition and wearing a suit instead of his customary T-shirt, apologised in Japanese at a news conference for the company’s collapse, blaming “a weakness in our system.” (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Yuya Shino)

Japanese police have arrested the CEO of the failed company MtGox, which was once the world’s biggest exchange of the virtual currency, bitcoin.

Mark Karpeles, 30, is being held in connection with the loss of bitcoins worth $387m (£247m, €351m) last February.

He is suspected of having accessed the exchange’s computer system to falsify data on its outstanding balance.

MtGox claimed it was caused by a bug but it later filed for bankruptcy.

Japan’s Kyodo News said a lawyer acting on Mr Karpeles’ behalf denied his client had done anything illegal.

Mr Karpeles, who was born in France, is suspected of benefiting to the tune of $1m (£640,000), the agency said.

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SOURCE: BBC News

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