A Maryland resident drugged his own father in order to gain access to his crypto account containing $400,000 in Bitcoin. 

According to a report by The Washington Post, Liam Ghershony of Bethesda, Maryland, spiked his father’s tea with a benzodiazepine — a class of depressant often “prescribed to treat conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, and seizures — in order to make him unconscious. Apparently, just before serving the tea, 24-year-old Liam poured in some white powder, telling his father that this be “really good” for him.

Per a report by Decrypt, after his dad passed out, Liam was able to use his father’s cellphone to gain access to his cryptoasset account, which was holding around $400,000 in Bitcoin. Liam transferred “$400,000 of Bitcoin to an account he could control.” Later, he “converted approximately 60% of these funds to Ethereum.” 

Liam left behind notes for his drugged father, saying that his actions were in an attempt to help them both. Liam wrote, “It didn’t have to be like this!” and “I’m gonna give you the best retirement.”

Officers found the older Gershony on his bedroom floor two days later, after a concerned friend called the police, whom found him “breathing but unresponsive” at the scene. Ghershony was rushed to a hospital, where he “spent four days recovering from severe dehydration and acute organ dysfunction.” 

Liam Gershony was initially charged by the police with attempted murder, but eventually pleaded guilty to felony assault. He spent 125 days in jail, followed by two months of residential drug and mental health treatment. 

Liam said in an interview:

I did a lot of crazy and messed up stuff when I was using. I will carry that with me — the guilt and the shame. And I want to take that on as I throw myself into recovery.


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