Closed Polish Crypto Exchange Bitmarket Sees Co-Owner Shot Dead, Body Buried
Crypto ecosystem generally attracts negative stories of hacks and scams. However, there are times, albeit not too often, when the crimes are as serious as kidnapping and murder. This was the case for the unfortunate Tobias Niemiro who was found dead with a bullet in his head in a forest near his house.
Exchange Shut Down
The exchange that Tobias owned, Bit Market – Poland’s second-largest cryptocurrency exchange was shut down permanently earlier this month. Marcin Aszkiełowicza, a Director working for Bitmarket revealed that hackers were able to steal over 600 bitcoins from the firm a couple of years ago.
The group also left a cryptic message in which they stated that following the attack, the trading platform would be shut down completely. This was primarily because of lack of liquidity.
Aszkiełowicza went on to say:
“The persons actually managing the stock exchange at the time, being aware of this immensely difficult situation, left me alone with the problem of a huge deficit. For the last 2 years, I have been doing everything with the whole team to bring the company out of this stalemate.”
The interesting part in this story is that Niemiro had released a separte statement for the shut down of the exchange. He had earlier said:
“ I lost everything because somebody caused the collapse of the exchange. Now, I’m losing face and my good name for which I’ve worked all my life. I am one of the victims.”
Suspicious Circumstances Around The Death
Tobias Niemiro lived in the small town of Olsztyn, located about 3-hours from the Polish capital of Warsaw. The first reports of the death show that it was a suicide, although police haven’t ruled out foul play yet.
Adam Socha who is a friend of the deceased says that he got an-email just 3-hours before his supposed death. He explains:
“The email was long. It seemed like he had found himself in an environment of shady businessmen. He gave names. I will not disclose its content because of the investigation. I forwarded the email to the prosecutor’s office. He also wrote that he would provide certain materials, but he didn’t have time.”
This event sends an immediate flashback to the events following the death of QuadrigaCX founder. Gerald Cotten mysteriously passed away while working in India due to complications from Chron’s disease and the exchange ended up losing 100s of millions of dollars.