Per the Washington Post, a Maryland resident spiked his father’s tea with drugs in an attempt to access his crypto account and claim his $400,000 worth of Bitcoin.
The person in question is Liam Ghershony of Bethesda, Maryland. He has said to slip benzodiazepine–a type of depressant–directly into his Father’s cup of tea with the intent of knocking him unconscious so he may rummage through his crypto account.
Once his father was knocked unconscious, he used his crypto account to make a transfer of all $400,000 worth of Bitcoin to an account he was able to control. After that, he converted approximately 60% of these funds to Ethereum.
“It didn’t have to be like this! I’m gonna give you the best retirement,” Ghershony wrote in a note that he’d left for his Father to read.
Unfortunately, his Father didn’t immediately wake up.
About 2 days later, a friend phoned the police, who noticed he was unresponsive in his bedroom upon going to retrieve him. It took him a total of 4 days to recover from the dehydration and acute organ dysfunction.
“I did a lot of crazy and messed up stuff when I was using. I will carry that with me—the guilt and the shame. And I want to take that on as I throw myself into recovery,” Ghershony stated in an interview.
The name of Gherhony’s Father hasn’t been published yet, but he recalled his son telling him he was “too emotional” and “too attached” to his crypto holdings.
He also made mention of his son’s use of drugs, which of course included benzodiazepines and cocaine. This would make him blackout on a daily basis.
“I thought I was going to lose him,” he stated in his interview with the Washington Post. His father also recalled being told by his son to sell his crypto.
Ghershony definitely saw some cause for concern regarding his father not responding to his phone calls days after the drugging, which led him to tell his father’s ex-girlfriend about his worries. She was the one to call the police.
According to the Prosecutors, no evidence was found to support Ghershony wanting to kill his father.
“However, there was an intent to inflict serious bodily injury by the drugging, by the causing him to be unconscious. But for the grace of God, Mr. Ghershony is still with us,” the Assistant State’s Attorney Donna Fenton said in court.
At present, Ghershony lives in a group house among others also recovering from addiction. His father is of the belief he’s turning a corner and making progress.
“If someone wants to meet him and they’re from the past, he tells them they have to meet him at a meeting,” he reportedly said.
Ghershony’s mother also sees some amount of difference in him. She is a public health professional.
“I hear him being serious about treatment in a way that he’s never been. He’s back to being the kinder version of himself,” she stated.
“I definitely have said I’m sorry to my dad. But I feel like I can only say so much. I need to show him, and myself, through actions how much I’ve changed,” Ghershony himself stated.