The widow of Bitcoin Ponzi mastermind Gerald Cotton has revealed his sudden and mysterious demise has led to dying threats from duped traders insisting she’s a part of a $215m crypto heist.
In a brand new guide, Jennifer Robertson denies she’s a part of an elaborate plot to faux her husband’s dying and escape with the financial savings of 76,000 traders from Canada’s largest crypto trade, QuadrigaCX.
“Faked by me? By me and Gerry conspiring collectively? What did they assume had occurred inside that ICU in India? Did they even care?” she writes in Bitcoin Widow: Love, Betrayal and the Lacking Thousands and thousands.
In an excerpt printed in The Walrus, Ms Robertson says wild hypothesis over his 2018 dying in India, simply days after he modified his will, led to stalkers demanding she return the lacking $215m CAD, or $168m at in the present day’s charges.
“Our cash or violence your selection jen,” declared one sender, who appeared to have skilled losses within the Quadriga debacle and blamed me,” Ms Robertson recollects. “I’m going to take one for the crew and kill jen,” wrote one other.
What “actually” occurred with “Useless Jen Strolling” and “allegedly lifeless Gerry”, and what ought to be accomplished to them consequently, flamed throughout platforms like Reddit.
“The reality is”, Ms Robertson says, “I nonetheless knew little or no about Quadriga or how Bitcoin labored.”
Canada’s securities regulator discovered Mr Cotton was operating a Ponzi scheme when he died at age 30 from Chron’s illness, taking his keys to the crypto vault to his grave.
“In response to somebody who known as himself Scamdriga, I had “married a rip-off artist and knowingly [spent] cash on Fendi and Prada in the meantime hard-working Canadians get nothing,” Ms Robertson writes.
“It damage in methods it shouldn’t have when strangers not solely didn’t like me however appeared to actively hate me. I “deserved to be waterboarded for hours, then crucified.” However not simply me—my father as properly. “Cling her dad proper in entrance of Jen.” Even my canine! “How about you give us the placement of Gerry’s canine in order that we will mild them on hearth?”
Ms Robertson’s memoir, described by Toronto Star as a travelogue from The Twilight Zone, particulars their whirlwind romance and her gradual realization he wasn’t the person she swiped proper to on Tinder in 2014.
She discovered he had been in comparable scams earlier than they met and served as a fee processor for a Costa Rica firm utilized by “drug cartels, human traffickers, little one pornographers and Ponzis to launder cash.”
An investigation by Ernst and Younger discovered Quadriga’s traders’ cash wasn’t simply lacking, it had been stolen. He arrange faux accounts beneath the title “Aretwo Deetwo” and “Seethree Peaohh” made trades on the gamble the worth of crypto would maintain rising.
The Quadriga web site, in the meantime, assured traders their funds had been “extremely liquid” and might be withdrawn at any time.
“The truth was that purchasers had no manner of verifying these claims past taking Gerry at his phrase. They did. And so did I,” Ms Robertson writes.
“The easy truth is that Gerry ought to by no means have been ready to carry all of the levers of a billion-dollar firm with no inner or exterior oversight.”