In the latest stage of an ongoing legal battle over Wright’s alleged theft of Bitcoin (BTC) from the estate of deceased crypto developer David Kleiman, a South Florida District Court judge denied an application to have the charges thrown out.
Wright, who has proclaimed himself to be Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, vyed with Kleiman as possible candidates for the anonymous early developer of the cryptocurrency.
After Kleiman’s death in 2013, Wright had contacted his estate, claiming to want to help dispose of the Bitcoin fortune.
“The Amended Complaint alleges that Defendant converted at least 300,000 bitcoins upon Dave’s death and transferred them to various international trusts, which was an unauthorized act that deprived the Plaintiffs of the bitcoins therein. Accordingly, Plaintiffs’ claim for conversion… survives Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss.”
Wright has until Jan. 10 to respond to the counts which remain outstanding.