Craig Wright Accused of Falsifying Documents in Kleiman Case

Neil Dennis

Craig Wright, an early Bitcoin pioneer who claims to be the cryptocurrency's creator Satoshi Nakamoto, presented what appeared to be fabricated documents in a court hearing this week according trial lawyer Stephen Palley.

Palley alleged on his Twitter feed that documents presented to a Florida court in the case of Wright versus the family of his former business partner David Kleiman to contain chronological errors that prove the documents to be false.

Case Background

Ira Kleiman, the brother of now-deceased David, accuses Wright of defrauding his partner out of potentially hundreds of thousands of Bitcoins following his death in April 2013. 

In June, the court ordered Wright to provide it with a list of his Bitcoin holdings prior to December 31, 2013. Wright failed to comply with the order and on Friday, June 28 Wright attended a contempt hearing where he called three expert witnesses to testify.

Claims of Falsified Documents

Among the exhibits filed by Wright at the District Court for Florida South on July 3, was a document that aimed to prove that Wright and Kleiman had co-operated in mutual trust to "form a partnership in order to best exploit and utilise their joint assets".

The document was dated October 23, 2012, but the team supporting plaintiff lawyer Stephen Pally found, on examination of the document's metadata, that the font used - Calibri - had an updated copyright notice for 2015, indicating the document was written several years after Wright claims.

Meanwhile, the counsel for the plaintiff presented two versions of a separate document that would appear to prove co-operation between Kleiman and Wright - one dated 2011 and the other 2014.

Palley Tweeted thus:

Contempt Decision Awaited

What this means for Wright is, as yet, unknown. He is currently waiting to hear whether or not the court finds him in civil or even criminal contempt of court for his failure to present requested evidence.

Pally said on his Twitter feed that at the moment the merits of the Kleiman vs Wright case are not the issue. "At issue is compliance with lawful court orders. Also if the judge thinks you are a liar, the judge can disregard your testimony and you can face jail."

We wait to see if Wright has any comeback to these allegations of falsifying documents, and what the outcome of the contempt hearing will be.

Cannabis Shops Turn to Crypto Apps Amidst Coronavirus Cash Shortages

Michael LaVere
  • Cannabis shops in Boulder, Colorado are using bitcoin payment app Strike to conduct "contactless" exchanges.
  • Cash shortages and lack of sanitation are causing businesses to find alternative means for transaction. 

Cannabis shops are using bitcoin payment services to conduct business in place of fiat amidst the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to a report by CoinDesk, cannabis dispensaries in Boulder, Colorado have been onboarded to the closed beta for Strike, a bitcoin payment service application founded by lighting network supporter Zap. 

Zap, founded by Jack Mallers, has been operating a closed beta for the payment application Strike which allows users the option of sending bitcoin or dollars and receiving funds in their bank account. The application uses a simple QR code interface, similar to Venmo, that allows users to send funds without having prior knowledge or expertise with bitcoin. 

Mallers said, 

Every Strike user is given a public domain at strike.me. We’re using Lightning for really fast online settlement of value transfers. … It’s also beneficial for privacy on the sender’s side.

Johnny Kurish, general manager at Boulder’s Helping Hands Herbals cannabis shop, said the application allowed his dispensary to process $1,000 worth of purchases since being added to the beta last week. 

Kurish said the dispensary will switch to only accepting Strike payments, which allow for contactless exchanges in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

He said, 

We’re really lucky to have curbside drop-offs. We check the ID through the roll-up window, deliver the cannabis to a podium in front of the car. We’re happy to reopen with an option that’s safe for our staff.

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