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1  Economy / Service Announcements / OPEN LETTER to Donald, Patrick & Amir RE: Bitcoinica on: September 13, 2012, 11:05:23 PM
On behalf of the Bitcoinica investors and customers, I direct this message to Donald Norman, Patrick Strateman and Amir Taaki.

Gentlemen, I do not have to remind you of the calamities that have befallen Bitcoinica since April 24. The universal dissatisfaction surrounding the events has been discussed at length elsewhere.

In your absence, Bitcoinica's investors and others have been pursuing options to minimize loss and move the refund process forward. Unfortunately, there are no efficient ways to do this without your cooperation.  

I'm writing now to ask you to support the needs of the customers.

Attached you will find a company resolution that authorizes formal liquidation under New Zealand law. As you know, your legal authorization as owners is required to take this step.

If you continue refusing to act, the only way forward is court. This will add months of additional delay and drain significant funds that would otherwise go toward repaying customers.

I thank Patrick Strateman in advance for your promise to assist the liquidator. Words are a good start. What's needed right now is action, from each of you.

It's important that you return the signed resolution before the weekend.


2  Economy / Exchanges / [ANN] Bitcoinica Consultancy abandons customers. Bitcoinica to enter Liquidation on: August 01, 2012, 07:30:08 PM
It is August 2012 and 80 days have passed since Bitcoinica was taken offline following the Rackspace hack. Many of you have followed developments since that time with interest and frustration. The company's investors and I have also been extremely disappointed.

Donald Norman, Patrick Strateman and Amir Taaki accepted responsibility for Bitcoinica on April 24 as Bitcoinica Consultancy and have retained the -only- legal authority to act on behalf of the company. At this time it appears they have abandoned their legal duty.

They now refuse to reply to communication, refuse to acknowledge their responsibility, refuse to resign voluntarily, and refuse to act. In particular they have refused to do anything to recover stolen funds, even where the required action is as simple as providing a payment address. This is now hindering the efforts of others to minimize loss to Bitcoinica's customers.

Clearly, this must end.

Acting in its capacity as creditor to Bitcoinica LP, the Wendon Group investment fund will appoint a receiver under New Zealand law. This has been an option of last resort which is now unavoidable. Under receivership, a licensed and insured specialist will replace the Consultancy as the designated authority. Upon satisfaction of secured creditor interests, the company will proceed to liquidation in which remaining funds are distributed. Without Consultancy cooperation, this is the only ready way forward.

Wendon Group intends to donate any funds it obtains via receivership in favor of Bitcoinica customers. Complete liquidation will likely take place over a matter of months.

While this is not the outcome any hoped for, it is certainly an improvement over the deadlock resulting from Donald, Patrick and Amir's untimely abandonment.

Many have suffered because of the Bitcoinica disaster. Everyone is right to be upset. Since no one in charge has seen fit to offer an apology, let it be me instead. To all those affected, I'm very sorry.

Tihan Seale
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