New Zealand authorities have seized the mansion of MegaUpload founder, Kim “Kim Dotcom” Schmitz, reports the New Zealand Herald.
Mr. Schmitz’s wife and family are not currently residing in this mansion, instead living in one of the smaller properties the digital storage locker mogul owns. An official with the New Zealand government told the Herald that there are no plans to evict the family.
“Certainly no one is going to be evicted. It’s no different to any other restraining order where I take custody and control of property, but the family can still live there,” Guy Sayers of the office of the Official Assignee said to the Herald. “We’ll set up a property inspections to make sure there’s no damage, but other than that, the family can still enjoy it.”
Initially, Mr. Schmitz did not qualify to purchase property in New Zealand because he didn’t meet the “good character” test. He then decided to buy property that was under the threshold value of the test, and lease the large mansion where he used to reside.
Mr. Schmitz is currently being held in custody,after being denied bail, awaiting an extradition hearing.