Justice Served: FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Receives Maximum 25-Year Sentence for Crypto Scam

FTX Founder Sam Bankman
  • FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s Sentencing Sends Shockwaves through Crypto Market

Samuel Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of FTX, has been handed a 25-year prison sentence in a significant fraud and conspiracy case.

This legal battle resulted in the downfall of his cryptocurrency exchange platform and an associated hedge fund. The severity of the sentence reflects the gravity of the charges against him and serves as a warning to others involved in similar illicit activities within the cryptocurrency industry. Bankman-Fried’s conviction highlights the importance of maintaining transparency and ethical practices in the rapidly evolving world of digital currencies.

“I was the CEO of FTX and I was responsible,” Bankman-Fried told at Manhattan federal court in New York, adding: “It haunts me every day,” according to media reports.

Bankman-Fried, 32, faced multiple charges involving the implosion of FTX, which was once the world’s third-largest crypto trading platform by daily volume, and its relation to hedge fund Alameda Research’s trading accounts.

The charges included wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud against FTX customers and against lenders to Alameda Research, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, conspiracy to commit commodities fraud against FTX investors, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Although Bankman-Fried argued that there was “no loss” at FTX, Judge Lewis Kaplan revealed Thursday that he found total loss of the fraud more than $550 million.

Judge Kaplan also ordered a forfeiture of $11.2 billion.

After its implosion in late 2022, FTX recovered $7.3 billion in cash and assets, according to the company’s attorney in April 2023.

Bankman-Fried was convicted on seven counts in November by jury who held him responsible for approximately $10 billion of customer deposits that went missing in 2022.

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