Witness Sheds Light on FTX’s Shocking $8 Billion Deficit

In a high-stakes crypto courtroom drama, revelations from key witnesses shed light on the $8-billion crypto exchange debacle involving SBF.

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  • Day Three of SBF’s trial has unveiled a shocking $8-billion financial rift.
  • Yedidia’s testimony has connected Alameda Research to the crypto exchange debacle.
  • The clandestine use of customer deposits has taken center stage.

On the third day of the criminal trial involving Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the former CEO’s roommate at MIT and FTX developer Adam Yedidia provided testimony. Yedidia shed light on the alarming $8-billion deficit that the crypto exchange had reported just before its financial collapse.

Yedidia Sheds Light on Alameda’s Misuse of Customer Deposits

Yedidia took the witness stand on October 5. He focused his testimony on the connections between the crypto exchange and Alameda Research, a pivotal element in the alleged fraud case against SBF. 

Yedidia revealed that he had informed Bankman-Fried about a bug within FTX’s code, which inadvertently ensured that “Alameda’s liabilities did not decrease.” This coding error resulted in a colossal $8 billion financial discrepancy.

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During questioning by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle Sassoon, Yedidia disclosed that his decision to resign from FTX was prompted by the revelation that “Alameda had used customer deposits to pay its loans.” He further mentioned that Bankman-Fried had instructed him to communicate about the FTX code issue using the messaging app Signal. 

Juror Falls Asleep During Explanations of FTX Deposits

Subsequently, SBF’s former roommate had a face-to-face encounter with him near a “paddle tennis court” in the Bahamas to discuss the $8-billion financial discrepancy. During this meeting, the then-CEO offered reassurances regarding the situation. 

Sassoon’s line of inquiry also probed Yedidia’s knowledge of Bankman-Fried’s personal relationship with former Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison. During this examination, Yedidia openly expressed his disapproval of the notion of SBF and Caroline forming a romantic connection.

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A curious moment unfolded when one of the jurors experienced drowsiness, eventually succumbing to slumber. This unfortunate incident transpired during Yedidia’s elaborate explanation of the intricate functioning of deposits within FTX, a topic seemingly too labyrinthine for the attention span of the juror.

On the Flipside

  • While Adam Yedidia expressed disapproval of any romantic involvement between Sam Bankman-Fried and Caroline Ellison, personal relationships don’t necessarily implicate wrongdoing in business matters.
  • This article provides a snapshot of the trial, but it’s important to remember that legal proceedings are multifaceted. What’s presented here is just one part of a larger narrative. The full truth may emerge as the trial unfolds further.

Why This Matters

The revelations brought forth by Adam Yedidia’s testimony shed critical light on the intricate web of connections within the crypto world. The $8-billion financial deficit and the alleged fraud case against Sam Bankman-Fried have far-reaching implications, serving as a stark reminder of the need for transparency and integrity.

To learn more about the recent FTX hacking incident and its implications, read here:
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This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Author
Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.