Craig Wright Called Fraud in Transaction Message From One of His Claimed Addresses

Craig Wright Called Fraud in Transaction Message From One of His Claimed Addresses

By Abhimanyu Krishnan | News | 26 May 2020

Craig Wright has experienced another tremendous complication in the case he is facing against the estate of Ira Kleiman, as multiple addresses claimed to be Wright’s have embedded the words “liar” and “fraud” in transactions.  

The crypto world spotted 145 addresses that Wright says he owns have signed a message on transactions that states that he is a liar and a fraud, and lacking access to the keys to these addresses. The full message reads,

Craig Steven Wright is a liar and a fraud. He doesn't have the keys used to sign this message. The Lightning Network is a significant achievement. However, we need to continue work on improving on-chain capacity. Unfortunately, the solution is not to just change a constant in the code or to allow powerful participants to force out others. We are all Satoshi.

Wright has been fighting the estate of former business associate David Kleiman, the latter stating that Kleiman and Wright mined roughly 1.1 million Bitcoin (just under $10 billion) together. The prosecution claims that the Kleiman estate is entitled to half of these mined Bitcoins. 

However, the lawsuit he is facing requires him to prove his identity as Satoshi Nakamoto, which he has so far been unable to irrefutably do. The judge presiding over the case has called Wright’s various attempts at explaining the lack of proof. Fast forward a little further into the case, and Wright provided the court with a list of addresses he says he owns - a part of Wright’s “Tulip Trust.”

Wright Facing an Uphill Battle

For years, Wright has claimed that he is Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious creator of Bitcoin. Having never offered conclusive evidence, the public has largely been skeptical of these claims. But with Wright’s bluster growing over the last 12 months, the community has taken a keen dislike of Wright and his behaviour. 

Perhaps Wright had gone a little too far, with these 10 years old addresses finding themselves compelled to make a stand against his claims. Now with these addresses now seemingly belonging to someone else, and with transactions from said accounts already made, Wright is going to face an uphill battle to win the case. 

The trial is set for July 6.

Abhimanyu Krishnan
Abhimanyu Krishnan

Technophile, cryptocurrency enthusiast and journalist.


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