Just as an aside, for Kim Dotcom fans, you may have noticed that as soon as Kim stopped being an idiot, he stopped being the center of attention on Whaleoil too. ¬† Of course, as he pops back into the news, I’ll revisit his story.
Today, David ‘Tainted’ Fisher is still milking Mrs Dotcom, as it is clear Mr Dotcom no longer wants to have anything to do with him (one of the few things Dotcom and I agree on then).
Mona Dotcom has staked a $23 million claim on the fortune of her estranged husband, Kim Dotcom, saying half of what was seized in the FBI-initiated raid belongs to her.
In legal papers filed in the United States, Mrs Dotcom says she has a legal claim over assets and cash caught up in the case.
Her claim, according to the court documents, is 50 per cent of everything owned by Kim Dotcom that was seized in the raid. It does not include any claim she might make on the new fortune created through the post-raid business, the encrypted Cloud storage site Mega.
Her claim includes half-shares in the luxury cars seized from the mansion on the day of the January 2012 police raid, jetskis, massive TV screens worth $185,000 each, and artworks.
The document also reveals how after the Dotcom family arrived for a holiday in March 2010, the tycoon splurged $2.3 million buying eight luxury vehicles throughout his three-month stay – including two Mercedes on one day – before flying out again on a private jet.
“I make the … property claims based on the legal advice of my marital property counsel in New Zealand and my understanding of the applicable property laws,” Mrs Dotcom said in the court filing.
It’s a pointless move. ¬†But worth the lottery ticket.
What’s much more interesting is that under New Zealand’s no fault divorce law, she’s due half of whatever Kim Dotcom can claim as assets.
I’m keeping a very close eye on this asset business, because Kim has a substantial amount of wealth stashed away in Bitcoins. ¬†I would imagine he’s not declaring those as part of his assets, but Mona may very well know about them, so she could upset the apple cart by putting in a claim on half of those.
Bitcoins are a great money laundering device, they are a great way to transport money between countries outside of the banking, taxation and legal systems, and you can bet¬†your bottom dollar that Kim has thought ahead here.
Dotcom’s lawyers have asked the courts to reject the bid, saying the original criminal case was already without warrant and the civil forfeiture case added an unfair burden.
Dotcom told the Herald he would make no comment on matters involving Mrs Dotcom.
The tycoon has shunned New Zealand media since the election [He won't talk to Tainted Fisher! hehe], aside from occasional tweets. But he made one media appearance in an online New Yorkerinterview in which he blamed the FBI case for the end of his five-year marriage.
“My wife and I, we were happy before the case,” he said. “We were living in this completely happy bubble in our happy world and we didn’t have any issues.”
He could still be doing that, if it wasn’t for messing with one person that he completely underestimated. ¬†The media were all on his side. ¬†I was a lone voice in the wilderness for years.
But now I’m the evil guy, still, somehow, and he’s hard done by?
He should really make arrangements to leave New Zealand, if he hasn’t already. ¬†If he thinks his happy bubble was shattered, he’ll look back on how his life is right now and think it much preferable to what lies in the future.
– NZ Herald