The trial of Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of FTX, has been nothing short of a legal drama. Last year’s collapse of his crypto exchange set the stage for a major legal showdown.
After the collapse, the U.S. government accused him of orchestrating a scam, while his lawyers presents a contrasting narrative.
As we now step into the third week of this legal battle, the courtroom has witnessed a series of shocking revelations that could impact the fate of SBF.
The opening week of the trial saw an assault on SBF legal defense, with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) launching multiple attacks.
Things took a dramatic turn when FTX’s co-founder, Gary Wang, admitted to some crimes under SBF’s direction, sending shockwaves throughout the courtroom.
Furthermore, the tension escalated with Adam Yedidia’s disclosure of a customer “defraud” scheme and an exchange glitch that artificially inflated Alameda’s holdings by $8 billion, all thanks to deposits from FTX exchange customers.
The second week of the trial brought even more revelations with Caroline Ellison’s testimony. She revealed some deceitful practices, going from falsified balance sheets to the involvement of Thai sex workers in crypto accounts.
Caroline’s allegations included diverting customer funds to cover Alameda’s obligations, concealing misappropriated funds through fraudulent balance sheets, and routing users assets into, venture capital, political funding, and more.
Alameda’s withdrawals resulted in significant losses, including around $100 million due to a phishing scheme.
Intrigue deepened as SBF’s interactions with Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and the use of Thai sex workers for fund-release strategies came to light.
To add to the complexity, the court was exposed to Caroline’s “Things Sam is freaking out about” list, which detailed concerns such as negative publicity and a plan to involve Binance regulators.
As this trial unfolds, the crypto community and the public wait with bated breath to see how these shocking revelations will shape the fate of Sam Bankman-Fried.