In a significant development, federal judge Lewis Kaplan revoked the bail of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried on Friday as per Reuters, resulting in his immediate incarceration.
The decision marked the culmination of a prolonged tussle between the United States Justice Department and the once-celebrated crypto entrepreneur, centering around his conduct while awaiting trial on charges of fraud.
The hearing, which took place in New York, saw Judge Kaplan assert that Bankman-Fried had repeatedly pushed the boundaries of his bail conditions. The key allegation that swayed the judge’s decision was that the defendant had potentially tampered with witnesses on two separate occasions. Kaplan’s verdict was explicit in suggesting that there was credible reason to believe that such interference had indeed transpired.
Bankman-Fried, known for his role in establishing FTX, a prominent cryptocurrency exchange, had been enjoying conditional freedom during the pre-trial period. However, his actions during this period led to concerns about potential witness tampering, prompting the Justice Department to raise objections and prompting the court’s intervention.
The decision to revoke Sam Bankman-Fried’s bail and place him in custody marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing legal, with Bankman-Fried’s lawyers indicating they intend to appeal the order.
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