Sam Bankman Fried: Unexpected Twists and Turns in the Aftermath of the FTX Fiasco

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  • According to the court’s verdict, the former crypto king was guilty of looting over $8 billion of the exchange’s user funds.
  •  Federal prosecutors have dropped a campaign finance charge against Sam Bankman Fried.
  • The US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan previously dropped another charge against him for violating anti-bribery statutes on the same grounds.

The 2023 crypto has finally drawn its curtains, leaving the entire web3 community torn between the struggles of battling the intense crypto winter, the bombardment of crypto lawsuits, and the high adoption rate of decentralized applications. 2024 holds much hope, with many anticipating the much-awaited crypto bull run. 

Unfortunately, the new year has taken an abrupt turn as Sam’s bank man friend, former crypto king, and the perpetrator of the largest crypto crash has received unexpected news. According to federal prosecutors, the Manhattan judge dropped several extra charges against Sam Bankman.

 This unexpected turn shocked the entire web3 industry after the FTX fiasco shook crypto as a whole industry to its core. Will this turn of events make a positive tragedy for the crypto industry, or is there an underlying ploy hidden from the public’s eye?

Sam Bankman’s Case Overview

The FTX saga has plagued the industry for the past year. As a titan within the crypto sector, FTX extensively influenced the industry. Unfortunately, an unexpected twist and inside source revealed that the success behind FTX was merely a charade. The organization had significantly misused its customer funds to finance several poorly financial investments in an attempt to save its sister corporation, Alameda.

 The truth caused a chain reaction, leading to the fastest liquidity crisis witnessed in the crypto industry. Unfortunately, the damage was done, and many organizations and traders affiliated with FTX suffered immensely. FTX became the light that ignited one of the worst crypt rashes, causing Bitcoins to plummet to an all-time low of $15,000 and below. Sam Bankman tried to salvage the situation, but its effects spanned the entire 2023 period. 

The FTX fiasco became proof that regulatory and governmental bodies were required to launch a full-on manhunt on the industry. Many might not like the idea, but in reality, the failure of FTX caused many crypto-based organizations to suffer under the long arm of regulatory bodies.

Also, Read FTX Bankruptcy Filings Expose $53,000 Per Hour Drain on Legal Advisors.

The entire crypto community demanded justice, and on November 2023, Sam Bankman was found guilty of resulting in one of the largest crypto fraud cases witnessed. According to the court’s verdict, the former crypto king was guilty of looting over $8 billion of the exchange’s user funds. The court initially estimated the proceeding to take two months, but the mounting evidence and the distraught crypto ecosystem quickened the jury’s decisions.

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Sam Bankman Fried, the former crypto king, was found guilty in November 2023 for seven counts of fraud.[Photo/Medium]
The New York Times reported that the charges would likely result in a 100-year sentence, give or take 50 years. In the past year, numerous crypto ecosystems have worsened due to harsh regulatory issues. For instance, many crypto exchanges have deemed the US crypto ecosystems a red zone, highlighting the vague and unfriendly crypto laws.

 In addition, other regions have gone ahead to satisfy their regulatory bodies, further constricting the growth of cryptocurrency. In addition, the US SEC has found ways to take down the top exchanges in the ecosystem, further darkening the crypto industry’s impression.

As the FTX fiasco drew its curtains, many expected the industry to move on from one of its darkest chapters finally, or so we thought.

Prosecutors dropped several changes against Sam Bankman Fried.

In an unexpected turn of events, Federal prosecutors have dropped a campaign finance charge against Sam Bankman Fried. According to the letter filed on Friday, 27 December, in the federal court of Manhattan, the prosecutors highlighted that the “strong public interest” in a prompt resolution of their case against the former billionaire outweighs the benefits of a second trial. They added, “The interest weighs particularly heavily here, given that Bankman-Fried’s scheduled sentencing on 28 March 2024 is likely to include orders of forfeiture and restitution for victims of his crimes.”

Despite having numerous charges against him, Sam Bankman Fried has managed to escape a few. According to the legal notice, the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan previously dropped another charge against him for violating anti-bribery statutes on the same grounds.

Also, Read Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried denies defrauding users.

Together with the recent notice, the criminal exposure of the former crypto king narrows his criminal exposure. According to the procedures, the new changes would have added two to five years of his improvement if convicted. The letter stated, “The Government has been informed that The Bahamas notified the United States earlier today that The Bahamas did not intend to extradite the defendant on the campaign contributions count. Accordingly, in keeping with its treaty obligations to The Bahamas, the Government does not intend to proceed to trial on the campaign contributions count.”

Despite this positive turn of vents, the verdict of the FTX fiasco remains unchanged. The damage the FTX fiasco caused was significant, and in addition, his top executives, Caroline Ellison, Gary Wang, and Nishad Singh, all pleaded guilty. It may appear as a ray of hope. Still, a second trial would hold no actual benefit to the community other than adding more sentences to a convicted criminal. 

The entire debate behind Sam Bankman is shrouded with mixed opinions. Some claim that his sentence was just, while others claim it to be a bit excessive. Despite diverse speculations, the verdict was passed, and no amount of positive outlook will change that.

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Ken Mutuku
Ken Mutuku
I am an enthusiastic writer who believes that facts, knowledge and opinions can be expressed vividly with just a few words. I think that all forms of writing achieve this; hence I have a wide area of expertise and interest, such as cryptocurrency, psychology and the human mind.