Lawyers representing former users of the QuadrigaCX exchange sent a request for the exhumation of Gerald Cotten, the founder of QuadrigaCX who died in India on Dec. 9, 2018 due to complications from Crohn’s disease, making it impossible to access $190 million of the customers’ funds as Cotten was the only person with the password to access the funds.
Miller Thomson, the court-appointed representative counsel for Quadriga’s former users, got in touch with Bill Blair, the public official responsible for overseeing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), asking him to clarify whether the law enforcement agency investigating Quadriga’s 2019 collapse would exhume founder Gerald Cotten’s body in a letter emailed to creditors and posted to the law firm’s website Tuesday.
“Today, Representative Counsel issued a letter to the Honorable Bill Blair, Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, requesting an update on whether the RCMP will conduct an exhumation and postmortem autopsy on the alleged body of Gerald Cotten prior to Spring 2020,” the letter reads.
Last month, the law firm first requested the exhumation and autopsy of Cotten’s body from the RCMP and asked the agency to confirm that it was indeed in his grave and to determine the cause of death.
Back in December 2018, Gerald Cotten was suspected of faking his own death due to large debts to investors. The users of the exchange have published suggestions that in fact Cotten did not die, but simply fled from the country because of debts. Later, media joined the theory.