A U.S. District Court has subpoenaed software engineer and early Bitcoin (BTC) developer Jeff Garzik in relation to a $4 billion lawsuit lodged against Australian Craig Wright.
This is according to a court document Garzik shared on Twitter on March 15.
The lawsuit was filed in February last year at the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida by the family and estate of the late David Kleiman. The family alleges that Wright stole over 1.1 million bitcoins from Kleiman after the computer scientist passed away in April 2013.
David Kleiman is said to have worked with Craig Wright (also a computer scientist) as some of the earliest developers of Bitcoin (BTC) and blockchain technology.
After Kleiman died in 2013, Wright purportedly contacted his family with an offer to help them dispose of the late developer,s bitcoin fortune.
However, Wright, who controversially declared himself as the mysterious Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, is alleged to have diverted the funds into his own accounts.
The official complaint against Wright is that he “forged a series of contracts” that facilitated the “transfer Dave’s assets” to accounts or companies under Craig’s control. He also backdated the forged documents and contracts, including Dave’s signature to reflect the transfer.
Wright filed a motion asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit but the court threw out his request stating that the plaintiffs had “sufficiently alleged a claim for conversion.”
Now, the court wants Garzik to provide evidence supporting his own theory that Kleiman was the bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. The subpoena also wants him to avail all the documents communications and agreements in his possession related to Wright and Kleiman.
Further to that, the document directs Garzik to hand over all the information he has in relation to bitcoin mining between January 1, 2009, and April 2013. It also makes reference to a number of searches for documents linked to Silk Road, Mt.Gox, Liberty Reserve and the Prometheus Project.
In addition, the court wants any information or communication in Garzik’s possession that may relate to financial cryptographer Ian Grigg, Richard Zaluski (CEO of Centre for Strategic Cyberspace + Security Science) and Roger Ver- an early bitcoin investor.
Last November, while commenting on the hypothesis regarding the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, Garzik noted that his “personal theory” was that bitcoin’s creator was the “Floridian Dave Kleiman.” He added that Kleiman’s coding matched the coding style [of Satoshi Nakamoto].
“[…] the Bitcoin coder was someone who was very, very smart, but not a classically trained software engineer.”
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