FTX Founder SBF Released On $250 Mln Bond
- The bail terms include a $250 million bond and house arrest at his parents’ house in Palo Alto, California.
- On December 22, the Office of the Attorney General of The Bahamas has announced the extradition to the United States of SBF.
A federal judge has agreed to release Sam-Bankman Fried, former CEO and founder of bankrupt crypto empire FTX, on a $250 Million bail secured by his parents. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Roos in U.S. District Court in Manhattan stated that the bail terms include a $250 million bond and house arrest at his parents’ house in Palo Alto, California.
As part of strict bail rules, the ex-FTX CEO is not allowed to make financial transactions of over $1,000, is prohibited from opening new lines of credit, can’t leave the house except to exercise, and must regularly go through substance abuse and mental health treatment.
Ross noted that the major reasoning behind granting bail was that Bankman-Fried agreed to waive extradition. He further described bail as “the highest ever pre-trial bond,” adding that the Palo Alto property would secure the bond.
On December 22, the Office of the Attorney General of The Bahamas announced the extradition to the United States of SBF. The crypto mogul was taken into custody earlier this month by the Royal Bahamas Police Force after his bail application was denied in a Bahamian court. His arrest came after the United States government officially filed criminal charges against him — including eight counts of fraud.
SBF is accused of allegedly committing serious crimes, including wire fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, and mixing funds of his crypto exchange, FTX, with those of his trading firm, Alameda Research.
The latest development comes amid Bankman Fried’s colleagues Gary Wang and Caroline Ellison pleading guilty to fraud-related charges in connection with the sudden implosion of FTX. FTX, founded in 2019 under Bankman-Fried, grew to be the third-largest exchange by volume through a series of high-profile acquisitions, aggressive marketing strategies, and low trading fees.
The crypto empire collapsed in early November and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on November 11, 2022. Following the implosion, the company’s valuation plunged from $32 billion to bankruptcy in 10 days, dragging down founder and then CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s $16 billion net worth to near-zero. FTX’s collapse has created a ripple effect across the crypto sector, even triggering liquidity scares in many Web3 companies.