Craig Wright, a man from Australia who claimed that he is actually the mysterious creator of Bitcoin, is now sued for $10 billion by the family of his former business partner.
According to The Guardian, the lawsuit claims that Mr. Wright and David Kleiman, a programmer who died in 2013, mine Bitcoins together. After the unfortunate event, Mr. Wright “perpetrated a scheme” to obtain his former partner’s coins.
The prejudice could be up to 1 million coins!
Ira Kleiman, his brother, admits that the total amount of seized Bitcoin is still unknown, but he adds that it is likely to be somewhere between 300,000 and 1.1 million coins.
“It is unclear whether Craig, Dave, and/or both created bitcoin,” the lawsuit says. “It is undeniable, however, that Craig and Dave were involved in bitcoin from its inception, and that they both accumulated a vast wealth of bitcoins from 2009 through 2013.”
The lawsuit was filed in Florida two weeks ago and it alleges that, at the time of David Kleiman’s death, no member of his family was aware of the fact that he was involved in mining cryptocurrency. It is also stated that Craig Wright put together a scheme against his estate, in order to seize the coins and his right to specific intellectual property associated with the blockchain technology used by the Bitcoin network.
Remember the presumed Satoshi?
Craign Wright is now well-known in the cryptocurrency communities after he was investigated by the tax authorities in Australia, which automatically led to speculation that he may be Satoshi Nakamoto, the anonymous creator of Bitcoin.
In 2016, he made a public declaration, claiming that he is indeed Nakamoto. However, even though he promised to provide further proof regarding this, he eventually backed down a few days later, saying that he did “not have the courage”. Experts examined all the evidence he initially provided, but it was not enough, so they put everything under a big question mark.
Despite this, Wright remained a public figure in the community, but he still didn’t manage to fully recant his claim.