Sam Bankman-Fried Agrees To $250 Million Bond, Home Detention Under Bail Conditions
Details are emerging on the bail terms for the disgraced Sam Bankman-Fried following his extradition from The Bahamas. Bankman-Fried reportedly appeared at a U.S. courtroom earlier today to be heard on fraud charges, after arriving in the country last night.
US prosecutor Nicolas Roos maintained that SBF conducted a “fraud of epic proportions,” and that the trial against him would include the testimony of multiple cooperating witnesses. The latter is unsurprising, given the details released last night on charges laid against ex-Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison, as well as former FTX CTO and co-founder Gary Wang.
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Roos also outlined that the government was proposing what he refers to as a “highly restrictive bail package,” including the highest-ever pretrial bond. The proposed bail package is said to include a $250 million bond, as well as home detention, location monitoring, and the surrender of his passport. The package was reportedly consented to by SBF’s counsel, with attorney Mark Cohen asking the court to accept the conditions.
The size of the bail bond is curious, given that Bankman-Fried reportedly claimed that he was down to his last $100,000, as reported by Axios on November 29, while at the same time claiming everything he had was tied up in FTX and Alameda. At one point it was estimated he was worth $26.5 billion.
Bankman-Fried will reportedly live in California with his parents under the bail terms, which have reportedly since been accepted by Judge Gorenstein in New York. As part of the bail package, SBF will reportedly be subjected to “strict pretrial supervision,” which is to include mental health treatment and evaluation.
The next court appearance is slated to occur January 3, 2023.
The reaction on Twitter, meanwhile, has been less than favourable.
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