Summary Box: Kim Dotcom’s money won him residency

MONEY RULES: Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s money trumped his criminal past in the eyes of New Zealand immigration authorities. That’s according to documents released to The Associated Press this week.

ABOUT DOTCOM: He’s accused of facilitating millions of illegal downloads through his website. U.S. authorities are seeking Dotcom’s extradition from New Zealand, where he remains under house arrest.

PAST TROUBLES: He had criminal convictions in his native Germany for computer fraud and stock-price manipulation. New Zealand officials decided the money he could bring to the country outweighed those concerns.