Mona Dotcom has sought a payment of $20,300 a month to cover
the cost of butlers, nannies, a personal assistant and a
The extra cash would come from the seized fortune of husband
Kim Dotcom - money seized when he was arrested at the request
of the FBI on charges of criminal copyright violation.
It would see the couple's monthly budget increase to $40,000
- a sum which lawyers acting for the police described as
The High Court at Auckland heard the Dotcoms had spent
$540,000 in the last nine months to cover the cost of life in
their north Auckland mansion. It was also told of likely
delays to the extradition case which was now expected to be
heard in July.
The couple's staff costs had previously been covered by the
$40,000 a month payment from money which the police had
missed during the raid and which was later voluntarily
surrendered by Mr Dotcom. The money ran out in October - two
months after the extradition case was originally meant to be
Earlier rulings had allowed a $20,000-a-month payment to
cover living expenses, which Mrs Dotcom's lawyer Aaron Lloyd
said did not include the cost of staff.
He said the new money sought from the seized fortune was
lower than previous costs because of a new arrangement to
cover the cost of security guards. He said the fact Mr Dotcom
was still "sucking air" had led to offers of support from
Mr Lloyd said the couple had seven children in their care, a
large home and considerable grounds.
Mr Dotcom's lawyer Rob Gapes said the couple had suffered
severe disruption to their lives through enormous pressure by
the New Zealand and United States governments.
Mr Gapes said: "The joint governmental action ... had exacted
a real toll on the Dotcoms and their household. The have had
to cut down on expenses but they still need and deserve a
reasonable amount of these funds."
The court was told six of Mr Dotcom's cars seized during the
raid had been sold. The money along with interest on the
seized fortune would cover the extra funds sought.
Crown lawyer Anne Toohey said the Dotcoms should be able to
care for their own children, removing the need to pay for
"There is also public interest in what might be public
The seized money defaults to the New Zealand Government on
proof it is the proceeds of criminal funds.
Ms Toohey said the average cost for a family with seven
children was $7800 a month.
She said money from the car sales should not be available to
be used for the Dotcoms' expenses. After a tax bill of
$99,000, she said it meant the available funds might not
cover the extra cash sought.
Justice Potter said "it would be pretty hard not to include
the lawn mower man" in the living expenses.
She asked for a report on the possible rental of the couple's