US Court Directs Craig Wright to Provide his Bitcoin Ownership Records



Craig Wright

Three days ago, the US court of the southern district of Florida ordered Craig Wright to provide a list of his BTC addresses.

Wright is a computer scientist and bitcoin cash SV’s leading proponent. He has claimed on numerous occasions that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoin’s inventor. The court’s order is part of an ongoing case that Ira Kleiman, the representative of David Kleiman’s estate filed against Wright.

The plaintiff claims that Wright stole 1.1 million BTC from his brother, David Kleiman. The Kleiman estate first sued Wright in February last year. At that time, the coins were worth $5 billion.

According to the court order issued, the Kleiman estate made several requests. These are,

  • That the court orders Wright to provide a list of all public BTC addresses he owned since December 31, 2013.
  • Make Wright identify all BTC that he allegedly transferred to the blind trust in 2011 and produce the documents related to the trust.
  • Wright should identify the current and past trustees of the blind trust, its beneficiaries, and how the 1.1 million BTC was transferred to the trust. He should do all this under oath.
  • The court should permit further deposition of Wright with regard to his ownership and control over BTC.

Craig Wright In a Difficult Spot

Reportedly, Wright claimed that producing this information would be impossible. According to him, the blind trust controls all data. However, the order says that Wright’s argument is not backed by facts.

Based on the data, demands, and compromises made by both parties, the court ruled that Wright’s “Motion for Protective Order” is denied.

Additionally, the court order stated,

On or before May 15, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Dr. Wright shall produce all transactional records of the blind trust, including but not limited to any records reflecting the transfer of bitcoin into the blind trust in or about 2011. The production shall be accompanied by a sworn declaration of authenticity.

A Background of the Case

Ira Kleiman brought the case to court after David Kleiman succumbed to an MRSA infection in April 2013. Prior to his death, David had joined hands with Wright to create a company named W&K Info Defense Research LLC. The Kleiman estate believes that this partnership saw Wright defraud David of 1.1 million BTC. After being sued, Wright has been trying to have the charges against him dropped. Last year, he filed several applications asking the court to dismiss the case against him. However, a South Florida district court judge rejected all his applications.

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