Last year, the investment world was thrown for a loop when firm FTX collapsed. Its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried was quickly outed for engaging in a wide variety of crimes.
Bankman-Fried had been celebrated in the tech, financial, and political worlds as some kind of wunderkind. He was outspoken in his leftist views and sat on stage alongside major politicians.
But he faced his day in court, confronted by numerous charges. And now, we are learning his fate–and what could be awaiting him.
Bankman-Fried… was convicted of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud against FTX customers and against Alameda Research lenders, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit commodities fraud against FTX investors, and conspiracy to commit money laundering…
“Sam Bankman-Fried perpetrated one of the biggest financial frauds in American history,” Damian Williams, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a briefing after the verdicts were read.
Sam Bankman-Fried was convicted of all charges brought against him. He faces a maximum sentence of 115 years in prison. The 31-year-old former CEO was found guilty of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and conspiracy to commit commodities fraud.
Prosecutors accused Bankman-Fried of using the crypto market to con investors. Former friends of Bankman-Fried, including his ex-girlfriend and FTX co-founder, testified against him. They both pleaded guilty to multiple charges and cooperated as witnesses.
Bankman-Fried continues to maintain his innocence and claims he will fight the charges. It is unclear, however, if he will be able to appeal this verdict.
The convicted investor had been accused of taking money from FTX customers and using it to pay for real estate, venture investments, political donations, and to cover losses at sister company Alameda. When crypto prices dropped last year, Bankman-Fried’s scheme was exposed to investors.
- Sam Bankman-Fried was found guilty of all charges brought against him.
- He was indicted for wire fraud and other crimes after his crypto company collapsed.
- Bankman-Fried was accused of stealing investors’ money to cover losses after the crypto market dropped.