FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was released from federal custody Thursday after his lawyers settled with prosecutors on a $250 million bail, as the former cryptocurrency giant awaits federal criminal prosecution. defense agreement despite the astronomical figure.
Bankman-Fried was released on personal bail that required her parents to put stock in their Stanford, California home worth just under $1.8 million this year.
The settlement required the signatures of her parents and two others with “considerable” assets – in return, she was able to avoid posting the remainder of the $250 million unless she missed her next court appearance on Jan.
Bankman-Fried was ordered to remain under “strict” surveillance at her family’s home until her trial, which included wearing an electronic wrist monitor, and was not allowed to open new lines of credit over $1,000.
Although he has denied having committed the crime in recent media interviews, he will defend at a later date on charges including wire fraud, conspiracy for money laundering and campaign finance violations.
Bankman-Fried has repeatedly claimed in media interviews after the collapse of FTX last month that the only asset he knows is a $100,000 bank account in it.
Bankman-Fried, 30, was extradited to the United States from the Bahamas on Wednesday night after several days of confusion about his extradition status after being detained last week. FTX filed for bankruptcy last month after losing billions of dollars to support sister trading company Alameda Research, headed by Caroline Ellison, 28, who is romantically involved with Bankman-Fried. US Attorney General Damian Williams said Wednesday night that Ellison and former FTX executive Gary Wang pleaded guilty to fraud charges related to FTX’s collapse and were cooperating with prosecutors in the Bankman-Fried case.
forbes He estimates that Bankman-Fried’s net worth reached $26.5 billion before the collapse of FTX.
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