A 28-year-old Arkansas man is invoicing the US government, payable in bitcoin.
Andrew Auernheimer of Fayetteville, Arkansas — known by his online handle 'weev', was convicted of computer fraud in 2012, although he has been set free on appeal. The invoice is a claim for compensation for an alleged case of wrongful imprisonment.
The exact figure of 28,296 BTC, Auernheimer says, is compensation for his time in captivity at 1 BTC per hour.
AT&T hacking case
Auernheimer has been accused, along with a co-conspirator, of exploiting a flaw in AT&T's servers exposing more than 114,000 iPad user email addresses.
In 2011, Auernheimer was arrested in Arkansas, and was then taken to New Jersey where he awaited trial. After his conviction on computer fraud charges, he spent 13 months at Allenwood Federal Correctional Complex in Pennsylvania.
The case against Auernheimer was turned over on appeal earlier this year, due to jurisdiction. Exposing the AT&T flaw, judges in the case ruled, was carried out by Auernheimer not in New Jersey, but in his home state of Arkansas.
He was set free on 11th April.
Auernheimer's invoicing of the federal government in BTC is a creative way to publicize his plight, and there are indications that there will also be a civil lawsuit filed as well.
“I want history to record that I made an honest and public attempt to get restitution for the violence the government committed against me.
Whatever I do next, I want people to know that I tried civil and peaceful resolution first."
Notably, the US government does own enough bitcoin to pay the invoice, having seized it via criminal cases.
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