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SBF testifies using FTX funds for Alameda was legal

Bankrupt FTX crypto exchange sues founder's parents for millions in alleged fraud

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  • Sam Bankman-Fried testified in court regarding the collapse of FTX, emphasizing his lack of fraudulent intent.
  • He asserted that using FTX deposits in Alameda Research, a proprietary trading firm, was legal under certain circumstances.
  • SBF understood that Alameda had the right to manage FTX’s funds based on a payment agent agreement.

In recent revelations, former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) took to court, shedding light on the dramatic $32 billion implosion of his FTX business empire. SBF highlighted several significant aspects, defending his stance under oath and ensuring he had no intentions to defraud his loyal customers.

Significantly, SBF shared his assumption that transferring FTX deposits to the proprietary trading firm Alameda Research was entirely within the confines of the law. Moreover, he believed that “in many circumstances,” Alameda had the right to borrow from FTX for trading or investment ventures. This detail surfaced during a probing session led by SBF’s defense attorney, Mark Cohen.

Additionally, SBF noted that his understanding of the payment agent agreement permitted Alameda to manage funds on FTX’s behalf. He stressed that the agreement indicated that “Alameda had a right to hold or transfer those assets,” in case of necessity, Alameda possessed a “lien that gave them access to these funds.”

However, diving deeper into FTX’s internal mechanisms, SBF admitted that Alameda enjoyed certain benefits while trading on the FTX platform, which could be advantageous against other traders and market makers. He acknowledged the existence of “speed bumps” that delayed liquidations in Alameda’s account but didn’t provide detailed insights on their specific nature.

Amid the testimony, an enigmatic entity named North Dimension was also mentioned. FTX leveraged this obscure unit to receive deposits from its clientele. Allegations are rife that North Dimension might have been a conduit for money laundering operations. However, SBF conveniently chose to remain vague on this topic, only acknowledging its existence as a simplified avenue for user deposits.

Despite the testimony’s aim to clarify whether SBF’s legal counsel during his FTX tenure was pertinent to the case, Judge Lewis Kaplan was perplexed. The judge remarked on SBF’s peculiar response style, highlighting the numerous instances where the ex-CEO sought further clarifications or conveniently forgot crucial details about customer funds’ management.

As the legal proceedings reach a critical juncture, the jury will deliver its verdict on the former FTX mogul’s case in the coming week. With SBF vehemently denying the seven counts of conspiracy and fraud he’s charged with, the world awaits the jury’s decision with bated breath.

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Mutuma Maxwell

Maxwell especially enjoys penning pieces about blockchain and cryptocurrency. He started his venture into blogging in 2020, later focusing on the world of cryptocurrencies. His life's work is to introduce the concept of decentralization to people worldwide.

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