Jeff Garzik subpoenaed in $1.1 billion Satoshi lawsuit against Craig Wright

17 Mar, 2019 | Updated: 17 Mar, 2019
by David Robb
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Jeff Garzik subpoenaed in $1.1 billion Satoshi lawsuit against Craig Wright

Craig Wright is currently being sued for around $1.1 billion by the brother of deceased software developer (and possibly the real Satoshi) David Kleiman. Bitcoin developer Jeff Garzik has now been subpoenaed in the lawsuit, as reported by Bitcoin.com.

Craig Wright first 'revealed' that he was the real Bitcoin founder, who had been using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, in 2015. This claim has since been largely  dismissed by the vast majority of the crypto community, but Wright still continues to assert that he was part of the team that created the first cryptocurrency, apparently starting the project back in 1997.

Read more: Craig Wright tells CFTC he is Satoshi Nakamoto, willing to swear under oath

Ira Kleiman, brother of David, is now suing Wright. He claims that David's assets were manipulated, and that his estate was defrauded out of around 300,000 BTC, which is allegedly locked in a trust with around 1 million BTC until 2020. 

Jeff Garzik, who was an early contributor to the Bitcoin network, has been supoenaed by the U.S. District Court of Southern Florida, in order to get information regarding the early days of the project. Communications between Garzik and Satoshi are of particular interest, as is information about the so-called "Tulip Trust" where the disputed funds are being held.

In an interview with Bloomberg in 2018, Garzik stated: "My personal theory is that [Satoshi Nakamoto] is the 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".

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