Charlie Shrem, the early Bitcoin adopter and advocate who spent a year in prison for alleged facilitation of drugs purchases with Bitcoin, faces a $32 million lawsuit from Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss.
WINKLEVOSS TWINS : SHREM ‘STOLE 5000 BTC’
As the New York Times first reported November 2, Shrem, who previously worked with the billionaire twins on his ill-fated Bitcoin exchange project BitInstant, faces claims he “stole” 5000 BTC (now worth $31.7 million).
According to a lawsuit filing seen by the publication, the dispute goes back to 2012, when the Winklevosses gave Shrem $250,000 in order to help them amass cryptocurrency.
Shrem, they allege, only sent them $189,000 in Bitcoin, leaving the remainder – $61,000 or 5000 BTC at the time – unpaid.
“I have been patient, and at this point it’s getting a bit absurd,” the Times quotes an email from Cameron Winklevoss to Shrem in 2013 included in the lawsuit. “I don’t take this lightly.”