A man claiming to be bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto – whose identity remains one of tech culture’s great unknowns – has been accused of stealing $5bn (£3.59bn) of the cyptocurrency from his late business partner.
Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright (47) is accused of using bogus contracts and false signatures to lay claim to bitcoins mined by Dave Kleiman – a computer security expert – according to a lawsuit filed by the latter’s brother.
Kleiman died in 2013 and his family argues they still own the rights to the bitcoins and blockchain technology he held – according to Bloomberg.
‘Craig forged a series of contracts that purported to transfer Dave’s assets to Craig and/or companies controlled by him’ the Kleiman family’s lawyer said in a complaint filed in West Palm Beach Florida on 14 February.
‘Craig backdated these contracts and forged Dave’s signature on them’.