Crypto trader ordered to return excess funds following exchange error


  • Crypto trader Kow Seng Chai received $585,000 extra from a refund.
  • An error by the OTCPro exchange added an extra zero to Chai’s $65,000 deposit, causing the issue.
  • A legal battle ensued, highlighting complexities in cryptocurrency transactions and the need for oversight.

In a recent development in cryptocurrency trading, a trader was embroiled in a legal battle after receiving a refund exceeding his entitlement by a staggering $585,000. Despite the glaring discrepancy, the trader failed to promptly return the surplus funds, leading to legal interventions.

The saga began when the trader, Kow Seng Chai, deposited $65,000 into his trading account on the OTCPro crypto exchange in late January. However, an inadvertent error on the part of the exchange led to an additional zero being added to the refund, resulting in Chai receiving a significantly larger sum than expected.

By the time OTCPro detected the mistake, Chai had already withdrawn the excess funds, converted them into Tether, and transferred them to alternative accounts. The total sum involved amounted to approximately $650,000. Subsequently, the Victorian Supreme Court issued a freezing order on Chai’s account, compelling him to return the incorrect refund.

Legal experts weigh in

Shaanan Cohney, a Cyber Security Computing and Information Systems lecturer at Melbourne University provided insight into the situation, expressing skepticism regarding the possibility of recovering funds in similar circumstances. However, he acknowledged that Chai’s proximity to the exchange in Australia could facilitate recovery.

Cohney remarked,

“Normally, the person who sent the cryptocurrency funds disappears into the ether. And that’s the end of the story.”

The case involving Chai highlights the complexities and challenges associated with cryptocurrency transactions, particularly in cases of erroneous refunds. The legal ramifications underscore the importance of robust risk management and oversight within the cryptocurrency industry.

Navigating legal terrain in cryptocurrency

As cryptocurrencies continue to gain traction in global markets, regulators and legal authorities face the daunting task of navigating uncharted legal terrain. Instances of errors and disputes, such as the one involving Chai and OTCPro, underscore the need for clear guidelines and protocols to address such situations effectively.

The case of Kow Seng Chai serves as a cautionary tale for cryptocurrency traders and exchanges alike. While significant profits may be enticing, adherence to regulatory compliance and ethical conduct remains paramount. As cryptocurrency evolves, stakeholders must remain vigilant in mitigating risks and upholding the market’s integrity.

Disclaimer. The information provided is not trading advice. Cryptopolitan.com holds no liability for any investments made based on the information provided on this page. We strongly recommend independent research and/or consultation with a qualified professional before making any investment decisions.

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Benson Mawira

Benson is a blockchain reporter who has delved into industry news, on-chain analysis, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Artificial Intelligence (AI), etc.His area of expertise is the cryptocurrency markets, fundamental and technical analysis.With his insightful coverage of everything in Financial Technologies, Benson has garnered a global readership.

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