17 May '13, 11pm

Bitcoin Regulatory Update: Understanding the Federal Government’s Attack on Mt. Gox

Based on the contents of the Seizure Warrant and its accompanying Affidavit, the Mt. Gox case hits on all of these points. First, as the affidavit describes, Mt. Gox is a Japanese company which operates in the United States under a subsidiary named Mutum Sigillum LLC. Second, the Affidavit explains that neither Mt. Gox nor Mutum Sigillum had registered with the federal government as a money transmitting business. Finally, when Mt. Gox d/b/a Mutum Sigillum approached Wells Fargo for purposes of opening a bank account, the affidavit describes that Mark Karpeles, operating on behalf of Mt. Gox d/b/a Mutum Sigillum, told Wells Fargo that the account would not be used for purposes of exchanging currency or transmitting money. In all likelihood, when Wells Fargo saw on the one hand that the Mutum Sigillum account’s activity resembled that of a money services business, but that K...

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