Vancouver QuadrigaCX User Loses $422,000 After Sale Of Bitcoin.
Unfortunately, the QuadrigaCX case hasn’t been without its victims.
In the aforementioned interview, victim Tong Zou explained his story. Zou, a thirty-something Canadian software engineer who held a variety of developing stints (BitTorrent, Spiget, Walmart, etc.) in Silicon Valley, moved to Vancouver just months ago in search of something new. As expected, Zou sought to move his savings, then situated in accounts of American financial institutions, which were valued at over $400,000.
While such a move is mandated, especially for so-called “repats” looking to start anew in their own home nation, Zou chose a peculiar route. This was, of course, to purchase Bitcoin on American exchanges, before moving said cryptocurrency holdings over to Canadian exchanges for subsequent liquidation.
Like many newcomers to the Canadian crypto economy, Zou was drawn in by QuadrigaCX, determining that the Vancouver-based exchange was the right platform for him to use. Maybe, he thought that he could visit the exchange’s ‘offices’ if things went south. Anyhow, he deposited his Bitcoin, effectively a majority of his liquid assets, and liquidated the cryptocurrency for $560,000 Canadian dollars.
As Zou needed the money for a deposit on a Vancouver property, he issued a withdrawal request. Yet, Quadriga failed to pay its dues, and left Zou hanging for months on end. He remarked:
| “I wasn’t using it for trading — I just wanted to move my money over to my Canadian bank account… What I didn’t know was that my withdrawal would be pending or incomplete and it never got deposited in my bank account. I’ve been waiting four months so far.” |