Winklevoss Brothers Demand To Return Stolen 5000 Bitcoins
The lawyer of Charlie Shrem, a co-founder of Bitcoin Foundation, rejected the claims of the Winklevoss brothers accusing his client of stealing 5000 BTC, The New York Times reports.
The story of the litigation originates from 2012 when the brothers asked Shrem for help in acquiring bitcoins. For this purposes, they transferred him $250,000, when the price of the first cryptocurrency amounted to $12.5. After some time, the Winklevosses understood that they received bitcoins worth only $189,000. Approximately 5000 absent bitcoins caused the conflict.
Since then, Shrem has served a prison sentence. In 2014, he was detained and accused by the federal authorities of selling drugs on the illegal market with the help of his company Bitinstant. After serving the sentence in 2016, he sincerely repented but later has been spotted as a participant of various fraudulent projects.
As follows from the lawsuit, “Either Shrem has been incredibly lucky and successful since leaving prison, or — more likely — he ‘acquired’ his six properties, two Maseratis, two powerboats and other holdings with the appreciated value of the 5000 Bitcoin he stole”.
The judicial process was initiated following the investigation by the private detective hired by the Winklevoss brothers, which traced the path of the missing 5000 BTC. The judge hearing the case agreed to freeze some of the assets of the defendant.
Shrem has not commented yet, but his lawyer stressed that the theft of bitcoins is indicated in the lawsuit erroneously, and ‘nothing could be further from the truth’. He added that his client will defend to redeem his good name as soon as possible.
As previously reported, the GUSD stablecoin, owned by the Winklevoss’ Gemini crypto exchange, was added to listings of 25 digital exchanges.