Craig Wright required to produce records of bitcoin ownership by May 15 in multi-billion dollar Kleiman case

The United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, issued an order on May 3 on Craig Wright’s motion regarding the production of a list of the public addresses of his bitcoin as of December 31, 2013. The court order in the case of the estate of Dave Kleiman vs Craig Wright was in response to the following request from the Kleiman estate:

The Plaintiffs ask the Court to order the following additional discovery: (1) make Dr. Wright produce the list of bitcoins owned as of December 31,2013; (2) make Dr. Wright identify all bitcoins he transferred to the blind trust in 2011; (3) makeDr. Wright produce documents related to the blind trust; (4) make Dr. Wright identify, under oath, the identity of the current and past trustees of the blind trust, the beneficiaries of the blind trust, and the manner in which the bitcoins were transferred to the blind trust; and (5) permit further deposition of Dr. Wright with regard to his ownership and control over bitcoins. DE 162 at 5-6. The Court finds that this additional discovery is warranted.

The “sua sponte”,  or spontaneous, order means that the court is not moved by Wright’s argument that he cannot obtain the information, which he claims is controlled by a blind trust. As a result, the court required that, “On or before May 15, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Dr. Wright shall produce all transactional records of the blind trust, including but not limited to any records reflecting the transfer of bitcoin into the blind trust in or about 2011. The production shall be accompanied by a sworn declaration of authenticity.”

At issue in the lawsuit is the Kleiman estate’s claim that Wright misappropriated billions of dollars of bitcoin (1.1 million BTC) through a complicated multi-year partnership earlier this decade.

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