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SBF to be prosecuted on original 8 charges

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  • The criminal trial of SBF, co-founder of FTX, is set to proceed with the original eight charges filed against him by U.S. prosecutors.
  • The DoJ’s decision comes after Bankman-Fried filed a motion in the Bahamas, where he argued that many of the 13 charges he faced were not included in the original indictment, which formed the basis for his extradition.
  • Following Bankman-Fried’s extradition, the DoJ unsealed an additional four charges in February, relating to fraud and fraud conspiracy, and introduced another charge in March alleging bribery of Chinese officials.

The criminal trial of SBF, co-founder of FTX, is set to proceed with the original eight charges filed against him by U.S. prosecutors. In a court filing on June 14, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) stated its intention to move forward with the charges initially levied against Bankman-Fried in December 2022.

The DoJ’s decision comes after SBF filed a motion in the Bahamas, where he argued that many of the 13 charges he faced were not included in the original indictment, which formed the basis for his extradition. Acknowledging that resolving this matter could be a protracted process, the prosecutors expressed their readiness to proceed with the trial on the counts outlined in the original indictment.

However, the Supreme Court of the Bahamas ruled on June 14 that Bankman-Fried must have the opportunity to formally challenge the new charges before the country can accept them. Following Bankman-Fried’s extradition, the DoJ unsealed an additional four charges in February, relating to fraud and fraud conspiracy, and introduced another charge in March alleging bribery of Chinese officials.

SBF criminal charges

Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of FTX, was initially charged in connection with his management of the failed exchange. FTX experienced a liquidity crisis in November 2022, leading to its subsequent bankruptcy. The exchange reportedly owes creditors over $3 billion. Prosecutors allege that Bankman-Fried mingled customer funds and provided misleading information to investors regarding FTX’s risk management practices, resulting in losses for investors and customers.

Caroline Ellison, former CEO of FTX’s sister company Alameda Research, and FTX co-founder Gary Wang have both pleaded guilty to fraud charges related to the collapse of the exchange. However, Bankman-Fried has maintained that management errors, rather than fraud, were responsible for the exchange’s demise.

As the trial proceeds, it will shed further light on the allegations against SBF and the events leading up to the collapse of FTX. The outcome of the trial will be closely watched by the crypto community and could have broader implications for the regulatory landscape surrounding digital asset exchanges.

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