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Sam Bankman-Fried on $250 million bail, ordered to live with parents

Sam Bankman-Fried update: $250 million bail after hearing
Sam Bankman-Fried update: $250 million bail after hearing

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Sam Bankman-Fried: The founder of FTX could be released on a $250 million bond, according to a ruling made by a federal judge in New York on Thursday.

He is awaiting his trial on the charges of fraud and other offenses.

The news

Sam Bankman-Fried, his parents, attorney, and court security left the Manhattan US District Court around 2:00 p.m.

The prosecutors and his attorneys accepted the bail conditions for Bankman-personal Fried’s recognizance.

So, on January 3 in New York City, Judge Ronnie Abrams will preside over the 30-year-old’s subsequent hearing.

He will be charged there and enter a plea.


A recognizance bond is a written promise from the accused to appear in court upon a summons.

Sam Bankman-Fried won’t be required to complete all of the bail’s collateral requirements upon release.

The bond, guaranteed by the equity in his family’s home, was signed by his parents and two other parties with substantial assets.

The prosecution describes the $250 million package, which also includes an electronic monitoring bracelet, as the largest pretrial bond in history.

The Northern District of California and the Southern & Eastern Districts of New York must be avoided, and he must also agree to receive mental health therapy.

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In the court

Judge Gabriel Gorenstein stated that after being released to his parents’ California home, Bankman-Fried would require constant supervision.

The courtroom was attended by SBF’s parents, both Stanford law professors.

On either side of the FTX founder, two US marshals in blue suits and brown shoes stood.

He switched his ankle shackles for an ankle monitor while in the courtroom.

He only spoke when the judge asked Sam Bankman-Fried if he understood the repercussions of breaking the bail agreement.

“Yes, I do,” said SBF.

Bankman-Fried is also prohibited from opening new credit accounts valued at more than $1,000.

Federal regulators dub him a “brazen” fraud at his crypt empire while awaiting the trial.

SBF was at the heart of “a fraud of epic proportions,” according to Assistant US Attorney Nicolas Roo in court.

Roos continued by saying that he had never fled, had voluntarily returned to the US, and had drastically reduced his financial assets.

Sam Bankman-Fried, who formerly ran a $32 billion crypto empire, once claimed to have only $100,000 in his bank account.

This was a dramatic decline for the man.


The following are the charges against Sam Bankman-Fried:

  • Perpetrating a multibillion-dollar fraud on his investors
  • Using customer funds to purchase properties
  • Funding political donations
  • Backstop trades at his hedge fund Alameda Research

SBF, FTX, and Alameda Research were all charged with further crimes by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission last week.

They claimed that FTX mingled customer funds and that Bankman-Fried violated the Commodities Exchange Act.

Allegedly having access to more than $8 billion in client funds was Alameda Research.

Since the company’s founding in 2019, Alameda has had access to and utilized FTX customer funds for its operations and activities, including:

  • Trading
  • Funding
  • Investment
  • Borrowing/lending

The SEC’s accusations that Sam Bankman-Fried operated his empire as a fraud from the start were supported by the CFTC as well.

FTX submitted bankruptcy protection in Delaware on November 11.

John Ray III, Sam Bankman-Fried’s replacement as CEO of FTX, asserted that he had never seen such a loss of corporate control.

SBF’s lieutenants

On Wednesday, Caroline Ellison, a former co-CEO of Alameda Research, and Gary Wang, a co-founder of FTX, both pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Gary Wang pleaded guilty to the following:

  • Conspiracy to commit wire fraud
  • Wire fraud
  • Conspiracy to commit commodities fraud
  • Conspiracy to commit securities fraud

Meanwhile, Caroline Ellison was guilty of:

  • Two counts of wire fraud
  • Two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud
  • Conspiracy to commit commodities fraud
  • Conspiracy to commit securities fraud
  • Conspiracy to commit money laundering

Their plea agreements were made public on Wednesday.

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The US Attorney charged Sam Bankman-Fried with eight offenses, including money laundering and securities fraud.

He was transported by air from the Bahamas to New York on Wednesday night.

SBF’s bail is far higher than that of other federal white-collar defendants.

  • While waiting for his massive Ponzi scheme trial, Bernie Madoff posted a $10 million bail.
  • Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling posted a $5 million bond.
  • Elizabeth Holmes, the Theranos founder, posted a $500,000 bond.


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