by Pam Martens, Wall Street on Parade:
Mark Karpeles, a 28-year old Frenchman and the head of the now shuttered Bitcoin web site Mt. Gox, where customers are said to have lost hundreds of millions of dollars, may be a very talented software developer and entrepreneur, but what he clearly is not is a competent banker; and yet, he was allowed to accept large quantities of deposits of money from the public.
Mt. Gox, a purveyor of the virtual currency, Bitcoin, held no banking license or bank charter in the U.S. It had no FDIC insurance guaranteeing the deposits. There were no bank examiners periodically checking the books to be certain the deposits were safe. And yet, according to the chart below from Alexa, it may be U.S. citizens who suffered the largest losses.
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