Craig Wright tells federal court he is unable to access $10 billion bitcoin fortune

Craig Wright, the leading proponent of Bitcoin SV who says he is the creator of Bitcoin, claimed in Florida federal court on Friday that he is unable to easily access the $10 billion bitcoin fortune or even produce the addresses at which the coins are stored.

Wright is in court to defend himself against the estate of his former business partner Dave Kleiman, which claims he stole bitcoin belonging to Kleiman. Wright claimed that Kleiman was responsible for hiding the bitcoin jointly owned by the two men in order to protect Wright's identity as the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. According to Wright, "I brought in Dave because he was a friend and he knew who I was and he was a forensic expert, and I wanted to wipe everything I had to do with Bitcoin from the public record."

Kleiman's estate is highly motivated to retrieve the bitcoin, while Wright claims that his family has "enough now" and the missing bitcoin would be "too much money." The estate claims that Wright forged a significant number of documents following Kleiman's death in 2013 in order to transfer to himself all of the jointly owned bitcoin.


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