At this point though, their message discipline seems to suggest that each and every person who was suspended is guilty.
We are dealing with them after carefully investigating, so for those that are normally playing, and collecting money wouldn’t have any problem. We will not randomly suspend accounts so please do not worry.
This was in response to the question from a JP player regarding their fears of collecting too much gil and getting suspended. It may not be internal policy, but since I was normally playing and collecting money, I'm certainly having a problem. My biggest fear that has started to bubble up since this morning when I learned of these statements is that they will simply keep us suspended and then punish us anyway so that they have deniability - folks showing up on the forums with tales of getting their account back with gil intact would make them look pretty bad for suspending legit players.
I recognize that that scenario would just lead to further claims that the people cheated and just feel bad now - but I wonder if all of those banned and suspended accounts are entirely, 100% all guilty people. I'm not, and the folks in my LS who were banned likely aren't. As I've said many times before in various venues, why would we ever buy gil if we always were ahead of the game since before gil was available for sale? We never *needed* to put our accounts at risk because we always had enough to pay for the next tier of crafting. ****, I had to level mining to 50 - server first - because there wasn't even an option to buy the materials. Nobody else had them. Being rich at the end of the first week sort of kills the need to risk it all just to buy gil.
I fervently hope SE does not take the cowardly approach of punishing the innocents cuaght up in this just for the sake of PR. Punishing passionate players who were mixed in with the (I would guess) bad majority of RMT/buyers just to save PR face is evil.