This episode is sponsored by, Circle and Kraken.

Ah, what a perfect way to end a year of fraud, deception and disappointment. Earlier this week, on-chain sleuths noticed that more than 100 BTC were on the move from wallets that were controlled by and theoretically only accessible to former QuadrigaCX CEO Gerald Cotten. The problem? Cotten was supposed to have died in December of 2018.

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell and research by Scott Hill. Jared Schwartz is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. Music behind our sponsors today is “Glasgow” by Falls. Image credit: solar22/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at