The founders of the bitcoin exchange Gemini brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss filed a lawsuit against the entrepreneur and early investor in cryptocurrency Charlie Crema, accusing him of stealing 5000 BTC. Reported by the New York Times.
According to the publication described in the application events relate to 2012. Then the brothers gave Sremu a total of $1 million for the purchase of bitcoins for them. Winklevoss later realized that it was bitcoins not the full amount.
The brothers claim that appealed to Sremu demanding the return of the missing bitcoins, however it was never granted.
Now they demand the return of about 5,000 bitcoins (nearly $32 million at current exchange rates) through the courts. It is worth noting that at the time of the transaction in 2012 bitcoin was worth about us $12.5.
In addition, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss interested in buying Charlie Crema, which he made immediately after his release from prison where he was serving a sentence for money laundering and providing financial services without a license he owned in exchange BitInstant.
“Either Shrem was hugely successful upon release from prison or, more likely, he bought six properties in Florida worth $2 million, two Maserati sports car, two boats and other property raised the price of the 5000 bitcoins he stole,” — said in the statement.
However, lawyers Crema argue that part of the assets Crema were frozen during litigation.
“The lawsuit falsely alleges that six years ago Charlie, in fact, appropriated a few thousand bitcoins. There’s no truth to it. Charlie plans to protect and restore his good name,” said the lawyer Shrama Brian Klein.
Charlie Shrem, the situation is not yet commented.
On set of charges Sremu faced up to 30 years in prison, but, recognizing some of them, he escaped with just a couple of years. The sentence was handed down in December 2014.
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