What you are saying does not make sense to me. Here is the sequence of events: Player raises level of artifact within the bounds of the rules (i.e., using materials gained through gameplay or purchased on the marketplace). Player violates the terms of service by exploiting an issue with the fortification system. As a consequence of violating the terms of service, Player forfeits the account. Using the company's own discretion, Dimensional Ink restores the account to the player, without the tainted artifacts. The only theft was in step #2 when the player used the exploit. DI is using its discretion to restore access to the forfeited accounts in cases that they deem less egregious and also using its discretion to not restore access to the artifacts.