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Former crypto tycoon Sam Bankman-Fried sentenced to 25 years for multi-billion dollar fraud

Sam Bankman-Fried was sentenced to 25 years for stealing $8B from FTX customers, marking a dramatic fall from grace for the crypto tycoon.



In a landmark ruling that reverberated through the cryptocurrency world, Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of the now-defunct FTX cryptocurrency exchange, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday.

The sentencing, handed down by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in a Manhattan court, comes after Bankman-Fried was found guilty of stealing US$8 billion from FTX customers, marking a dramatic end to the erstwhile billionaire’s career.

Bankman-Fried, once hailed as a wunderkind of the cryptocurrency industry, faced seven counts of fraud and conspiracy charges linked to the spectacular collapse of FTX in 2022.

The prosecution had depicted the case as one of the most significant financial frauds in US history, with Judge Kaplan rejecting Bankman-Fried’s defense that FTX customers hadn’t suffered monetary losses and denouncing him for perjury during his trial.

The downfall of FTX not only ensnared its customers but also major global investors such as Blackrock, Sequoia, and Singapore’s state investment firm Temasek, with the latter acknowledging the total loss of its investment in FTX.

Judge Kaplan criticized Bankman-Fried for his lack of remorse, emphasizing that his actions were not only knowingly criminal but also underscored by a lack of accountability.

During the sentencing, Bankman-Fried, clad in a beige jail t-shirt, expressed apologies to his former colleagues and acknowledged the financial suffering of FTX customers, a sentiment the judge found too little, too late.

The sentencing is the climax of Bankman-Fried’s fall from grace, from a net worth of US$26 billion and a status as a significant political donor, to becoming the most high-profile figure to be penalized in the US crackdown on cryptocurrency market abuses. Bankman-Fried’s legal team announced plans to appeal both the conviction and the sentence.

In detailing the financial devastation wrought by Bankman-Fried’s actions, Judge Kaplan noted that FTX customers lost US$8 billion, its equity investors US$1.7 billion, and lenders to the Alameda Research hedge fund, also founded by Bankman-Fried, lost US$1.3 billion.

Bankman-Fried’s sentencing has drawn comparisons to other infamous financial criminals, yet his defense painted him as a misguided entrepreneur who did not act with malice. However, his failure to implement crucial risk management measures and his direct involvement in the misappropriation of customer funds painted a different picture.

As Bankman-Fried awaits the appeal process from the confines of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where he has been held since August 2023, the crypto industry and its observers are left to reckon with the impact of one of its biggest scandals to date.

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Who would invest in a man, with such a name????
But Errrrr

He’s truly Fried now.

Are we getting our monies back and how about those who recommended the investment, still working in TH?

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