Sam Bankman-Fried

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Sam Bankman-Fried, once a pivotal figure in the cryptocurrency industry, was convicted in November 2023 of committing fraud and conspiracy for stealing billions of dollars of money belonging to customers of his FTX crypto exchange, funneling the money to Alameda Research, his hedge fund. FTX had been one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges before its demise, a major player in derivatives trading including perpetual futures. The company's undoing was spurred by a CoinDesk scoop in November 2022 showing Alameda's balance sheet was mysteriously full of the FTT token issued by FTX – calling into question both Alameda and FTX's financial stability. The Bahamas-based company filed for bankruptcy nine days after the story. Before his downfall, SBF (as the former billionaire is commonly known as) had been a leading figure in crypto, pushing for regulation of the industry in the U.S. He was a major political donor and the public face of effective altruism, a movement geared toward maximizing the amount of good done by philanthropy. SBF was arrested in December 2022, and his bail was revoked due to alleged witness tampering. His trial began in October 2023, and he was convicted on Nov. 2, 2023, a year to the day after the CoinDesk story that caused his crypto empire to crumble.

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FTX Fraudster Sam Bankman-Fried Being Transferred to New Prison: WSJ
The location of the new prison is undisclosed as of early Thursday, but is thought to be in California, WSJ said. He is likely to be placed in a medium-security prison.
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The sinking of the Titanic painted by German artist Willy Stoewer. (Gettyimages/BettmannArchive)
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The sinking of the Titanic painted by German artist Willy Stoewer. (Gettyimages/BettmannArchive)

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Sam Bankman-Fried (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)

Sam Bankman-Fried (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)
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Sam Bankman-Fried (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)

Ex-FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried had a lot of interactions with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and two senators are demanding details. (Jesse Hamilton/CoinDesk)
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Ex-FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried had a lot of interactions with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and two senators are demanding details. (Jesse Hamilton/CoinDesk)

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)
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Bankman-Fried was convicted last year on fraud and conspiracy charges.
FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)

Sam Bankman-Fried (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)
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Sam Bankman-Fried (Nikhilesh De/CoinDesk)