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FTX Co-founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, to Face Dual Trials for Alleged Crypto Exchange Mismanagement

In a significant development, criminal charges against Sam Bankman-Fried, the co-founder of FTX, have been divided, leading to two separate trials. These trials aim to investigate the alleged mismanagement of the popular cryptocurrency exchange. Bankman-Fried, once the CEO of FTX, is now confronted with a total of 13 charges related to fraud, fraud conspiracy, and bribery. The trials were initially scheduled to commence on October 2, but a recent ruling from United States District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan has split five of the charges into a second trial, which is now set for March 11, 2024.


The legal proceedings against Bankman-Fried began when he was extradited to the United States in December 2022, facing eight charges. Subsequently, additional indictments in February and March 2023 raised the total charges to 13. Interestingly, the split in charges occurred as the Department of Justice (DOJ) sought a waiver from Bahamian authorities to pursue Bankman-Fried for the additional five charges imposed after his extradition.

The Trial Split:

Bankman-Fried’s defense team argued against the validity of the charges made after his extradition, asserting that he could not be tried for crimes committed post-extradition. However, on June 14, DOJ lawyers decided to proceed with the original eight charges they had leveled against him. This decision was made to avoid potential delays caused by awaiting the approval of a motion filed by Bankman-Fried in The Bahamas. Consequently, the upcoming trial in March will exclusively focus on charges related to bribery conspiracy, conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money-transmitting business, bank fraud conspiracy, as well as derivatives and securities fraud.

Nature of Charges:

Apart from the charges mentioned above, Bankman-Fried faces allegations of wire fraud, derivatives and securities fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering. These charges span his involvement with FTX and Alameda Research. The trials will thoroughly investigate these grave accusations, shedding light on the intricacies of the alleged mismanagement and fraudulent activities at both entities.

The legal proceedings against Sam Bankman-Fried, co-founder of FTX, have taken an intriguing turn with the splitting of charges into two separate trials. With a total of 13 charges, including fraud, fraud conspiracy, bribery, and various financial crimes, Bankman-Fried’s alleged mismanagement of the cryptocurrency exchange will be thoroughly examined. The trials, initially scheduled to begin on October 2, will now unfold in multiple stages, with the second trial commencing on March 11, 2024. As the legal process unfolds, it is anticipated that these trials will shed light on the complex allegations surrounding Bankman-Fried’s involvement with FTX and Alameda Research, bringing clarity to the accusations of fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering.


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