Self-proclaimed Satoshi Craig Wright is being sued for stealing his partner’s bitcoin – The Brink
Dave Kleiman’s estate wants ten billion dollars te bitcoin, allegedly taken by fraud
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Craig Wright, who once claimed to be long-sought Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto, has bot sued for stealing $Five billion ter bitcoin from a former business playmate.
Filed te the Florida District court earlier this month, the lawsuit alleges that Wright participated ter a snaak bitcoin-mining venture with the now-deceased IT consultant Dave Kleiman, ultimately mining inbetween 550,000 and 1,100,000 bitcoin. According to the plaintiffs, Wright forged and back-dated a number of documents after Kleiman’s death te order to make it emerge that the co-founder had signed away his shares.
Kleiman’s estate, represented by his brother Ira, seeks the come back of those bitcoin, which would now be worth overheen $Ten billion. According to the lawsuit, the uncertain state of those bitcoin wasgoed related to Wright’s well-publicized tax issues, which caused his huis to be raided by Australian police.
The lawsuit puts forward a number of lumps of evidence of Kleiman’s ownership of the venture, including corporate documents that list him spil the registered smeris. Te another email exchange quoted ter the complaint, Wright shows up to admit to holding 300,000 bitcoin on Kleiman’s behalf.
“[Dave] mentioned that you had 1 million Bitcoins te the trust and since you said he has 300,000 spil his part. I wasgoed figuring the other 700,000 is yours,” Ira Kleiman wrote shortly after his brother’s death ter 2013. “Is that onberispelijk?”
“Around that,” Wright replied. “Minus what wasgoed needed for the company’s use.” Copies of the email are included spil an exhibit ter the case.
Wright very first rose to prominence ter December of 2015, after a number of publications were contacted with evidence that the Australian entrepreneur wasgoed actually mythical Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto. Wright eventually suggested a demonstration to prove his identity spil Nakamoto through a cryptographic signature, but the signature wasgoed faulty and ultimately unconvincing. Wright zometeen announced his intention to withdraw from public life.
Notably the complaint makes no claims spil to Wright or Kleiman’s role te the creation of Bitcoin or any connection to the Satoshi Nakamoto identity. “It is unclear whether Craig, Dave, and / or both created Bitcoin,” the complaint reads. “For reasons not yet entirely clear, they chose to keep their involvement ter Bitcoin hidden from most of their family and friends. It is unquestionable, however, that Craig and Dave were involved ter Bitcoin from its inception and that they both accumulated a vast wealth of bitcoins from 2009 through 2013.”
A summons for Craig Wright wasgoed issued by the court on February 15th, and no progress is listed on the docket since then. It is unclear whether Wright plans to show up to stand trial.