Judge Approves SBF’s Extradition to US

Sam Bankman-Fried, the former FTX CEO who defrauded crypto investors of billions of dollars, will soon be on US soil, after a judge approved his extradition.

SBF waived his right to an extradition proceeding during his court hearing on Wednesday morning, stating in an affidavit read out by his lawyer that he has “a desire to make the relevant customers whole.” SBF is facing eight criminal counts including fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy, as per an indictment filed by the attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York.

It is common for defendants to waive extradition proceedings as it can serve as a gateway to a more lenient sentence or a release on bail. In SBF’s case, however, the decision to face charges on US soil could be due to the relatively inhumane conditions at Nassau’s Fox Hill prison.

it is currently unclear whether SBF’s lawyers had managed to secure a bail deal for the former crypto-mogul. It was previously reported that he was looking to secure a bail deal that would enable him to conduct his detention at home rather than in a detention center, with electronic monitoring also reportedly on the table.

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