A few weeks ago, Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto was mispronouncing “Bitcoin” as “Bitcom,” but he’s grown far more familiar with the digital currency after being accused of inventing it in a Newsweek cover story. The 64-year-old California man is now the owner of 48 bitcoins, or more than $23,000, after an online fundraiser to help him “with medical bills his family is facing, any legal bills they may incur, or anything else.” On Tuesday Nakamoto appeared in a video with Andreas M. Antonopoulos, who organized the drive, to thank the Bitcoin community. “I want to hug you, this 2,000 of you, who donated. I’m very happy, each one gives me a tick in my heart.”
Lest the video create anymore confusion, he reiterated that he is not the Satoshi Nakamoto who created the currency. “My name is Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto and of course if I was the creator, I would never use my real name,” he said. “So from that point of view, I’m sure you guys would know, that Satoshi Nakamoto is not me. But [writer Leah McGrath Goodman] thinks so and Newsweek said so, but it’s not true.” And if it is true, this is one convoluted money-making scheme.