Dotcom Must Get by on $49K a Month

Megaupload founder also granted use of his $120K car
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2012 11:59 AM CDT
This file photo taken on February 22, 2012 shows Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom looking as he is granted bail in a North Shore court in Auckland.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – It will be hard, but as he waits for a decision on his extradition to the US, somehow Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom will have to survive on a monthly allowance … of almost $50,000. That's how much a New Zealand court granted Dotcom, who faces copyright infringement and other charges related to his file-sharing site, while also allowing him the use of his $120,000 Mercedes. The money will come from Dotcom's frozen assets, and the Mercedes is one of 21 vehicles confiscated when Dotcom was arrested in January. The extradition hearing for Dotcom and three others is expected in August, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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