(L-R) Nathaniel Popper and Charlie Shrem attend Tribeca Talks: After The Movie: <em>The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin</em> during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at the SVA Theater on April 23, 2014, in New York City.”></p>
<p style=Enlarge / (L-R) Nathaniel Popper and Charlie Shrem attend Tribeca Talks: After The Movie: The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at the SVA Theater on April 23, 2014, in New York City. (credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)

Two of the world’s most famous bitcoin investors, the Winklevoss twins, have now sued a longtime figure in the world of bitcoin, Charlie Shrem.

Shrem was released from prison in 2016 after he was convicted for aiding and abetting an unlicensed money-transfer business—sending $1 million in bitcoins that ended up on the notorious drug website, Silk Road.

According to the new lawsuit—which was filed in federal court in Manhattan in September 2018 and only recently unsealed—Winklevoss Capital Fund (WCF) hired Shrem in late 2012 to purchase bitcoins on its behalf.

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