Jennifer Robertson – the widow of Gerald Cotton, the man behind the Quadriga CX crypto exchange in Canada – is allegedly getting death threats from customers that wound up losing access to their funds due to the death of the company’s founder.
Jennifer Robertson Is Taking Some Heat
Cotton passed away due to intestinal problems while performing charity work in India in 2018. Cotton was the only man who had the private keys to access the more than $200 million in digital currency funds held within Quadriga CX, which meant the company’s many customers were suddenly cut out of their stashes. Some have claimed that this was all part of an elaborate scheme; that Cotton isn’t even dead, that he faked his passing, and that he and the executives of the firm are now finding ways to use the funds for their own well-being.
The situation has led to multiple lawsuits, and several have even turned to Cotton’s widow Jennifer Robertson as a means of getting their money back. Robertson details her experiences in a new book called “Bitcoin Widow: Love, Betrayal, and the Missing Millions.” What initially started out as harassment has now turned into something worse. In an interview, Robertson says:
Faked by me? By me and Gerry conspiring together? What did they think had happened inside that ICU in India? Did they even care?
Some of the customers have contacted her and said things like “Our money or violence. Your choice, Jen.” Another has allegedly stated, “I’m going to take one for the team and kill Jen.” Robertson has insisted on several occasions she knows nothing of the present situation, even going so far as to say that she doesn’t even understand how bitcoin works. She says:
The truth is, I still knew very little about Quadriga or how bitcoin worked.
The securities regulator of Canada has determined that Cotton was allegedly part of a Ponzi scheme and was planning to run off with customer funds right before he passed away from Crohn’s disease. Robertson writes:
According to someone who called himself Scamdriga, I had ‘married a scam artist and knowingly [spent] money on Fendi and Prada. Meanwhile, hard-working Canadians get nothing’… It hurt in ways it shouldn’t have when strangers not only didn’t like me but appeared to actively hate me.
The Book Mentions All the Details
In the book, Robertson mentions that she had met Cotton in the year 2014, and that over time, she learned he was a very different person than what she had initially assumed. It turns out Cotton had been part of scams similar with Quadriga, and that he had been a payment processor for a Costa Rican business that was used by illicit actors like drug cartels.
She also says that her husband had no business being the only person in possession of the private keys.