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New information has surfaced regarding the court case involving computer scientist Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed creator of Bitcoin, who has failed to comply with a court order, a member of the plaintiff’s representation disclosed on Twitter.

The case in question is the “Kleiman v. Wright” lawsuit, which accuses Wright of scheming to seize a shared holding of bitcoin, that he and Dave Kleiman mined together between 2009 and 2011. Back in May 2019, the U.S. court ordered Wright to produce a list of his Bitcoin holdings prior to December 31, 2013, which, according to a tweet from Velvel (Devin) Freedman, a member of the firm representing the plaintiff, he has not complied with.

This case was brought to court in February 2018, when Ira Kleiman, brother of the deceased David Kleiman, claimed that Wright stole a considerable amount of BTC and “valuable intellectual property rights of various blockchain technologies” after his brother’s death in 2013. At the time, Dave’s family and friends were unaware of his involvement in Bitcoin from its inception, and that he and Wright “accumulated a vast wealth of bitcoins from 2009 through 2013”. The court documents also show the plaintiff accusing Wright of forging documents:


As part of this plan, Craig forged a series of contracts that purported to transfer Dave’s assets to Craig and/or companies controlled by him. Craig backdated these contracts and forged Dave’s signature on them.

The nChain chief scientist has made repeated requests from the court to dismiss the lawsuit against him, but a South Florida District Court judge denied his application to have the charges thrown out. On June 28, Wright is expected to appear for a deposition at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.