Jeff Garzik Subpoenaed in $4 Bln Bitcoin Lawsuit Against Craig Wright

Bitcoin Pioneer Jeff Garzik Subpoenaed In $4 Bln Lawsuit Against Craig Wright

Bitcoin core developer Jeff Garzik has been subpoenaed to appear in court in connection with a $4 billion lawsuit against Craig Wright.

On March 15, well-known software engineer and Bitcoin developer Jeff Garzik exposed he was subpoenaed by the U.S. District Court of Southern Florida in the notorious Kleiman vs Wright bitcoin claim. Garzik published the subpoena through a tweet. The Kleiman household is suing the self-proclaimed Satoshi for approximately 300,000 BTC and Garzik has been served by the court and asked to submit various documents and possible evidence that would be relevant to the case.

The lawsuit was at first submitted last February with the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida, with the family of David Kleiman– a computer system scientist, whom many bitcoin followers suspect to have been among the developers of Bitcoin and blockchain innovation– declaring that Wright took approximately 1.1 million BTC after Kleiman passed away.

Following Kleiman’s death in 2013, Wright, who declared himself to be Bitcoin developer Satoshi Nakamoto, contacted his estate, apparently declaring to want to help dispose of the Bitcoin fortune. Kleiman’s household declares that Wright did not return the funds.

The official complaint states that Wright “created a series of contracts that supposed to transfer Dave’s assets to Craig and/or companies managed by him. Craig backdated these contracts and created Dave’s signature on them.” Wright subsequently requested the court to dismiss the suit against him, nevertheless the court declined the request. The court file confirms that “the Court finds that Plaintiffs have adequately declared a claim for conversion.”

The Kleiman Estate Wants Jeff Garzik to Reveal All He Knows

Now, the subpoena calls Garzik to appear in court and expose any evidence to the “personal theory” that Kleiman was Satoshi Nakamoto. The subpoena likewise requests to provide all communications, contracts and files connected to both Wright and Kleiman.

In addition, the document asks Garzik to provide details concerning Bitcoin mining for the duration in between January 1, 2009 and April, 2013, and refers to the search for files associated with Silk Road, Liberty Reserve, Mt. Gox, and the Prometheus Project. The subpoena likewise requests for any interactions with financial cryptographer Ian Grigg, CEO of Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + Security Science, Richard Zaluski, and early Bitcoin investor Roger Ver, among others.

Last November, talking about different hypotheses as to the Bitcoin creator’s identity, Garzik stated:

“My personal theory is that it’s [Satoshi Nakamoto] Floridian Dave Kleiman. It matches his coding style, this gentleman was self taught. And the Bitcoin coder was someone who was very, very smart, but not a classically trained software engineer.”

dave-kleiman-craig-wright-bitcoin-lawsuitBesides asking for any communications between Garzik and Wright and whether he had any direct communications with Kleiman, the plaintiff’s counsel is in search of any documents that stem from David Kleiman, W&K Info Defense (Kleiman and Wright’s company), and any communications with an individual called Uyen Nguyen. The request also asks for any communications between Garzik and the pseudonym or moniker Satoshi Nakamoto and any evidence that is tied to the “Tulip Trust” or “GISCR Trust.” to reiterate…The subpoena also refers to the search for subjects like early bitcoin mining between Jan. 1, 2009 through April 2013. The documents ask about communications between well known figures like cryptographer Ian Grigg, writer Andrew O’Hagan, and billionaire gambling tycoon Calvin Ayre.

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