February 11, 2024

Craig Wright's Bitcoin Claims Under Fire: Accusations of Document Forgery Emerge

The Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) accuses grifter Craig Wright of using forged documents as the nonprofit's trial kicked off.

The Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) has levied serious accusations against Craig Wright, a figure infamous in the crypto world, alleging the forgery of documents. As the trial unfolds, COPA contends that Wright, who has previously claimed to be the inventor of Bitcoin, has repeatedly relied on falsified paperwork to bolster his assertions.

During the proceedings, COPA's legal representative, Philip Nathan Sherrell, branded Wright's insistence on being the author of the 2008 Bitcoin whitepaper as "a brazen lie" in his twentieth witness statement. The trial, initiated by COPA against the "Australian computer scientist", commenced in the UK last week.

Sherrell highlighted instances where Wright submitted demonstrably false documents, often as a last-minute effort after failing to produce evidence within the designated timeframe. Independently appointed auditors, along with experts enlisted by Wright himself, including Dr. Placks and Dr. Lynch, have corroborated these findings, identifying multiple instances of forgery.

Of particular note is the submission of documents created using LaTeX, a software package incongruent with the tools typically used by Bitcoin's pseudonymous founder, Satoshi Nakamoto, who favored OpenOffice. Despite Wright's persistence in introducing new sets of documents, including the proposed "application documents", Sherrell contends that these too are likely to be fraudulent and should not be admitted by the court.

Jonathan Hough, KC, a senior member of COPA's legal team, emphasized the gravity of Wright's alleged actions, asserting that his claim to the title of Bitcoin inventor rests solely on forged materials. In a submission to the court, Hough stated:

"Dr. Wright has consistently failed to supply genuine proof of his claim to be Satoshi: instead, he has repeatedly proffered documents which bear clear signs of having been doctored."

The lawsuit against the well-known fraud Craig Wright was initiated by COPA in April 2021, seeking to restrain him from continuing to assert authorship of the Bitcoin whitepaper. Despite attempts at settlement, including one rejected in January, COPA remains steadfast in its pursuit of legal recourse.

Wright's legal battles extend beyond this case, including a notable defamation suit against podcaster Peter McCormack, where he was awarded a nominal sum in damages by a UK court. Additionally, a case brought against him in Norway by Hodlonaut, who disputed Wright's claim to being Nakamoto, ended unfavorably for Wright.

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