Can Money Simply Disappear?

In a recent comment Ashutoshg says:

You might have heard about 7bn$ fraud at Societe Generale in France. As news says, The guy who is responsible didn’t got rich because of the fraud. He just traded badly. Bank lost it and that guy didn’t make it then, where did this money go? Who got rich? Can money just disappear? Please explain.

Indeed, money can simply disappear without a trace. But first, let me tell you a story.
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