Coindesk reports that OKPay, a payment processor based in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and payment partner with several bitcoin exchanges, has been ordered by a court to forward over $6 million in fiat to MtGox, which is currently going through bankruptcy proceedings.
The funds were sent though OKPay by MtGox customers for trade on the exchange, not long before it collapsed. At the time of collapse, the funds had not yet been forwarded from MtGox’s OKPay client account to MtGox’s own bank account.
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This left them in legal limbo, but under the control of OKPay. The question boiled down to if they were then legal assets of MtGox under custodianship of OKPay. The BVI court that they were, and OKPay handed them over in August.
Customers were promised multiple times by OKPay that their funds will be returned in full. They are understandably upset with the move and have even called for legal action. From an emotional perspective as well, why should fully intact funds, seemingly unaffected by the bankruptcy, be funnelled to the lion’s den of liquidation proceedings- to which many have expressed concern over how much will remain for creditors.
In May last year, payments between the two companies were abruptly halted but were later resumed.