The dream home of a couple who bought it on the back of a $10.4 million crypto transfer botched has been left to the weeds.
The house in Craigieburn, located north of Melbourne, had allegedly been bought by a couple after high-profile cryptocurrency trader Crypto.com mistakenly transferred the huge windfall to them.
The error occurred when the company intended to give Thevamanogari Manivel a $100 refund in May 2021, but mistakenly entered an account number in the wire transfer field that was meant to be the dollar amount.
The $10,474,143 error was only discovered in an audit of the company just before last Christmas; seven months after the transfer.
Thilagavathy Gangadory, who did not appear in court, allegedly bought this house due to a massive mistake by Crypto.com
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When Crypto.com tried to get their money back, $1.35 million had already been spent on a luxurious five-bedroom house and the rest had been moved to other accounts.
On Thursday, the house of his dreams seemed to be abandoned.
Full of long, ugly weeds, the ‘Crypto house’ showed telltale signs of neglect.
From the closed shutters and mailbox full of mail to the trash strewn across the driveway, it has a facade as sad as the current value of Bitcoin.
A children’s ride-on remained in the backyard, which remains green only because of the synthetic grass.
Crypto.com has launched legal action against Ms. Manivel and her sister Thilagavathy Gangadory in an effort to get their money back.
The crypto currency had been in rapid decline during the month of May last year when the bug occurred.
The Craigieburn home, which has four bathrooms, a gym and a movie theater, was purchased on February 3, the Herald Sun reported.
Four days later, Crypto.com ordered Ms. Manivel’s bank account frozen, but court documents show that $10.1 million had already been transferred to a different joint account and $430,000 had been transferred to her daughter, Raveena Vijian.
The house register was then transferred to Malaysia-based Ms. Gangadory before Crypto.com was able to obtain freezing orders against her in March.
The company subsequently took legal action in the Supreme Court to recover the cost of the house plus 10 percent interest.
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The action was successful by default as neither Ms. Gangadory nor her legal representatives attended court or presented a defense.
Judge James Dudley Elliott orders Ms. Gangadory to pay Crypto.com $1.35 million, $27,369 interest and costs, and the Craigieburn home to be sold.
“It is established that the Craigieburn property was purchased with funds traceable to the improper payment and would never have been in the hands of Gangadory if the improper payment had not been made,” Elliott said in sentencing.
‘Thus, Gangadory unjustly enriched himself by receiving the purchase price of the Craigieburn property from the mispayment.
“Consequently, I was satisfied that the orders relating to the sale of the Craigieburn property were appropriate.”
Thevamanogari Manivel reportedly bought a luxury home (pictured) in the Melbourne suburb of Craigieburn after mistakenly receiving a $10,474,143 wire transfer
The commercial division of the Supreme Court of Victoria heard the case in May, but Judge Elliott’s ruling was not available until last week.
Because Ms. Gangadory was not represented in court, Judge Elliott wrote that “references to the facts of this case based on such uncontested evidence are necessarily open to challenge if Gangadory ever seeks to vacate the default judgment.”
The judge added that “she has not responded to any of the correspondence from the (Crypto.com) lawyers” and that “the effect of not filing an appearance is that the allegations in the statement of claim are considered admitted.”
Separate orders have reportedly been made in respect of the rest of the money transferred to Ms. Manivel.
Crypto.com lawyers Cornwalls Law told Daily Mail Australia that as the matter is before the courts, they were unable to comment.
Ms. Mannivel and Ms. Gangadory could not be reached.