Sam Bankman-Fried Sees Some Charges Dropped, But They Can Be Tried Later

Federal prosecutors in New York have made a surprising offer in the case against embattled crypto executive Sam Bankman-Fried. In an attempt to expedite proceedings, they propose dropping several criminal charges against him for now, on the condition that they can be tried later.

Following a recent ruling in the Bahamas, where Bankman-Fried has been challenging additional charges, prosecutors have decided to sever five of the 13 charges. These charges include allegations of bank fraud and bribery of the Chinese government.

During a hearing on Thursday, prosecutor Nathan Rehn stated that the decision of the Bahamian authorities regarding the new charges remains uncertain. As a result, it seems appropriate to temporarily separate those counts given the developments in the Bahamas this week.

The Supreme Court of the Bahamas, in a ruling on June 14, stated that Bankman-Fried should be granted the chance to formally contest the new charges prior to the country’s approval of them.

Bankman-Fried, who maintains his innocence, is currently scheduled to face trial in October. In May 2023, Bankman-Fried petitioned to dismiss all criminal charges brought against him by federal prosecutors, arguing that the government’s actions against him were “dramatic” and converted “civil and regulatory issues into federal crimes.”

Prosecutors have clarified that they will not pursue the new charges unless the government of the Bahamas consents.

Bankman-Fried was extradited from the Bahamas on eight charges related to the collapse of FTX, the crypto-exchange he founded. He argues that the U.S. government violated the extradition treaty by adding charges months later, such as bank fraud and an alleged $40 million bribe paid to the Chinese government to unfreeze a trading account.

“We believe the dismissal of these charges would be the best outcome,” expressed defense attorney Marc Cohen.

Judge Lewis Kaplan did not make an immediate ruling, opting to take more time to consider the arguments.

Meanwhile, the defense also requested the dismissal of an original charge accusing Bankman-Fried of violating campaign finance laws, claiming it also violated the extradition treaty. Prosecutors countered, arguing that Bankman-Fried lacked standing to challenge this charge, as it involved diplomatic policy and bilateral relations between the U.S. and the Bahamas.

Rehn explained, “It’s a matter of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the Bahamas. It was an understanding of all the parties involved that this was part of the extradition.”

Bankman-Fried is facing broad accusations of misappropriating billions of dollars from FTX’s customers and investors, making this case one of the largest financial frauds ever alleged. Currently out on bail, he remains confined to his parents’ home in Palo Alto, with restricted internet usage.

According to Forbes magazine, Bankman-Fried amassed a net worth of $26.5 billion by riding the rise of bitcoin and other digital assets. He became a significant donor to political and humanitarian activities in the United States until his fortune was largely depleted when FTX collapsed in November.


Information for this briefing was found via ABC, Coin Telegraph, and the sources mentioned. The author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

One thought on “Sam Bankman-Fried Sees Some Charges Dropped, But They Can Be Tried Later

  • June 25, 2023 12:24 PM at 12:24 pm
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    This is ridiculous. If it was me I would be under the jail already.

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