Craig Wright says the judge’s recent ruling in the $10 billion bitcoin lawsuit brought by the estate of Dave Kleiman proves he’s Satoshi Nakamoto. | Source: YouTube/CoinGeek (i), Shutterstock (ii). Image Edited by CCN.
Self-proclaimed bitcoin inventor Craig Wright remains unfazed after Judge Bruce Reinhart ruled against him in the $10 billion lawsuit brought by the estate of Dave Kleiman.
In the damning Aug. 27 order, Reinhart launched a blistering takedown of Wright, who still insists that he is bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
Judge: Craig Wright lied and falsified documents
As CCN reported, the judge granted the plaintiff’s request for 50% of the 1.1 million bitcoin that Wright and Kleiman allegedly mined between 2009 and 2011.
In so doing, the judge concluded that Wright lied, committed perjury, and falsified documents to hide the stash.
“Dr. Wright’s demeanor did not impress me as someone who was telling the truth,” Reinhart wrote. “There is a strong and unrebutted circumstantial inference that Dr. Wright willfully created fraudulent documents.”
Florida Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart presided over the plaintiff’s motion to compel Wright to produce his bitcoin holdings.
However, keep in mind that Beth Bloom is the federal district judge who’s presiding over the $10 billion Kleiman lawsuit.
Judge Reinhart’s ruling was limited to whether Wright should be held in contempt for refusing the court’s repeated orders to produce his bitcoin holdings.
Reinhart said Wright deliberately withheld that information. Despite his finding that Wright had committed perjury and falsified documents, the judge did not recommend civil or criminal sanctions.
That’s noteworthy because perjury is a third-degree felony in Florida punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.