Charlie Shrem, one of the earliest adopters of bitcoin, started one of the first prominent bitcoin businesses in the U.S., Bitinstant. Shrem was released from prison in 2016 after pleading guilty to illegally helping people turn dollars into Bitcoin to buy drugs online using Bitinstant. Two years later after his release, Shrem now reportedly owns two Maseraties, two powerboats, and a $2 million house. This spending was brought to the attention of the Winklevoss twins who are now asking where he got the money from. In a lawsuit filed by the Winklevoss twins, it states that "Either Shrem has been incredibly lucky and successful since leaving prison, or — more likely — he ‘acquired’ his six properties, two Maseratis, two powerboats and other holdings with the appreciated value of the 5,000 Bitcoin he stole from” the Winklevoss twins in 2012."
In 2012, the Winklevoss twins asked for Shrems help in acquiring a stockpile of bitcoins, giving him $750k to buy bitcoins on their behalf. A few months into their partnership, the Winklevoss twins realized that Shrem had not given them all the bitcoins that they were due, and claim that they were owed 5,000 of so bitcoins. These missing bitcoins are the subject of the current lawsuit filed by the Winklevoss twins. (Source: The New York Times)