- The trial of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) has concluded.
- SBF could be facing multiple years behind bars.
- He faces an additional indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The month-long trial of the disgraced crypto kingpin, Sam Bankman-Fried, extended over a span of 15 days, during which he confronted an eight-count charge relating to the collapse of the now-defunct exchange FTX and its sister trading firm, Alameda Research.
After multiple testimonies and discussions, the high-stakes trial has finally concluded with a momentous verdict.
Sam Bankman-Fried Is Guilty
On November 2nd, the jury selection in the FTX trial returned a verdict that found Bankman-Fried guilty on seven counts that included wire fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering conspiracy.
The “unanimous” 12-person jury deliberation was swift, taking only about four and a half hours.
The final sentencing of SBF is scheduled for March 28, 2024, by Judge Lewis Kaplan in the New York District Court, and the disgraced CEO now faces the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence of up to 20 years.
Bankman-Fried’s legal team has expressed their disappointment with the verdict. His lead defense attorney, Mark Cohen, stated, “We respect the jury’s decision, but we are very disappointed with the result. Mr. Bankman-Fried maintains his innocence and will continue to vigorously fight the charges against him.”
The 30-year-old former CEO faces an additional indictment from the Department of Justice for campaign finance fraud. He allegedly used stolen funds for political contributions, further complicating his legal situation.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland emphasized that “Sam Bankman-Fried thought that he was above the law. Today’s verdict proves he was wrong. This case should send a clear message to anyone who tries to hide their crimes behind a shiny new thing they claim no one else is smart enough to understand: the Justice Department will hold you accountable.”
To find out more about some of the misdeeds attributed to SBF during the trial, read here:
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