EY report: another attempt to find QuadrigaCX funds fruitless

Posted 04 March, 2019

Ernst & Young (EY) auditing firm released its Third Report of the Monitor in the frame of the investigation into lost funds of Canadian QuadrigaCX crypto exchange

The Big Four auditing company EY that was appointed as the financial monitor for QuadrigaCX released the report March 1 2018, saying that it discovered six different crypto wallets used primarily to store BTC. Apart from a single transaction made by mistake in February, there were no deposits since April 2018.

During the review, the firm failed to find any funds there, which means that the lost funds 26,350 BTC (about $100 million at the current exchange rate) that are to be returned to the platform's clients might be stored somewhere else.

"Applicants have been unable to identify a reason why Quadriga may have stopped using the Identified Bitcoin Cold Wallets for deposits in April 2018," the report reads.

At the same time, EY discovered some trading platforms at which the QuadrigaCX ex-CEO could have accounts.

"The Monitor was advised of fourteen (14) user accounts that may have been created outside the normal process by Quadriga (the “Identified Accounts”). It appears that the Identified Accounts were created under various aliases... the Identified Accounts were internally created without a corresponding customer and used to trade on the Quadriga platform," according to the report. 

The report also suggests that "deposits into certain of the Identified Accounts may have been artificially created and subsequently used for trading on the Quadriga platform."

The auditor has not revealed any information about whether it succeeded to discover other Quadriga’s cold wallets for BTC or other cryptos.

EY also reached other exchanges that could hold QuadrigaCX’s digital assets. Some of them confirmed that its former CEO Gerald Cotten resort to their services and one even transferred some crypto that it held on behalf of QuadrigaCX to the auditor.

It was reported earlier that the authors at Zerononcense published a report saying that some of the funds of the Canadian platform could be kept at Bitfinex and Poloniex.

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