Megaupload’s executives weren’t only tied to music superstars through chief executive Swizz Beatz — they were living like them, too.
According to the Justice Department indictment of the file-sharing site’s executives, the seven people charged in the case were doing very well for themselves.
Intriguing tidbits are beginning to emerge, including a list of the assets seized by the federal government.
In addition to a multiple bank accounts and PayPal accounts, the government seized more than 20 vehicles including 15 Mercedes-Benzes, a Lamborghini, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a 1957 Cadillac El Dorado, a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible and a 2010 Maserati GranCario registered to Megaupload’s chief marketing officer, Finn Batato.
Some of the vehicles sported unusual vanity license plates, such as “God,” “Stoned,” “Mafia,” “Hacker” and “Guilty.”
Other items of interest: seven big-screen televisions, all at least 65 inches wide; an artwork identified as a “Predator Statue”; and a jet ski.
The government seized at least $175 million in assets from the defendants, the document said.