Pictures have been released of Kim Schmitz, founder of Megaupload’s cars being transported away from his New Zealand house. The pictures show the cars on transporters being taken away from a picturesque mansion.
His collection included a two Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM with the numberplates ‘GOOD’ and ‘EVIL’, a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drop Head Coupe with ‘GOD’ numberplate, a Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG with ‘GUILTY’ and a Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG with a ‘HACKER’ plate. The pictures show his Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG with ‘POLICE’ numberplate, his Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG on ‘STONED’ numberplate and his Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG on ‘MAFIA’ numberplates all being towed on seperate low-loaders.
More details on the case are emerging. 64 bank accounts as well as various PayPal accounts have been suspended by the FBI. These contain around $ 175 million in the names of Megaupload Ltd., Vestor Ltd., Finn Batato, Julius Bencko, Sven Echternach, Mathias Ortmann, Andrus Nomm, and Bram Van Der Kolk. The accounts are known to be held in New Zealand, China, Germany, Malaysia, Philippines, the Netherlands, Australia, and Slovakia as well as with PayPal and Citibank.
Around thirty cars and motorcycles were seized as well as property and technology on the strength of a series of emails that appear to show Kim offering cash rewards for uploaders who had provided specific DVDs and other copyrighted works. One series shows how Kim wanted to copy YouTube ‘one-to-one’. Among the seized items three 82-inch Samsung 820DXN LCD TVs, two 108-inch Sharp LCD TVs, two Sony PMW-F3K cameras, two 65-inch Sharp LC-65XS1M LCD TVs, a 56-inch TVLogic LUM56W computer screen and 60 Dell 710 computer servers were taken from the house.
For more information on Kim ‘Kimble’ Schmitz’s arrest in New Zealand, visit our earlier post.