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Sam Bankman-Fried receives $250 million release bail, ordered to stay with family

Sam Bankman-Fried: A federal judge in New York decided on Thursday to allow the FTX developer to be released on a $250 million bond.

His trial for fraud and other charges is going underway.

The news

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

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

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

He will enter a plea there and respond to the accusations.


A recognizance bond is a written promise from the defendant to appear in court in response to a summons.

Sam Bankman-Fried won’t be required to offer all of the collateral for the bail release.

The bond was executed by his parents and two other parties with significant stakes and was secured by the equity in his family’s home.

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

He must agree to get mental health treatment and stay away from the Southern, Eastern, or Northern Districts of California or New York.

Read also: FTX collapse perpetrators plead guilty to charges

In the court

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

SBF’s parents, Stanford law professors, were present in the courtroom.

The FTX founder was surrounded by two US marshals wearing blue coats and brown sneakers.

He exchanged his ankle shackles for an ankle monitor inside the courtroom.

Sam Bankman-Fried didn’t speak until the judge inquired about his knowledge of the consequences of breaking his bail conditions.

“Yes, I do,” said SBF.

Bankman-Fried is also prohibited from opening new credit accounts with a balance of more than $1,000.

Federal regulators at his crypto-empire label him a “brazen” fraud as they wait for the trial to start.

During the court proceedings, Assistant US Attorney Nicolas Roo said that SBF was at the epicenter of “a fraud of epic dimensions.”

SBF, according to Roos, had dramatically reduced his financial holdings, readily entered the US, and had never attempted to elude capture.

Sam Bankman-Fried, a former $32 billion bitcoin tycoon, purportedly stated that he only had $100,000 in his bank account.

The man’s rapid fall from grace was the outcome.


According to Sam Bankman-Fried’s accusations, he is guilty of the following:

  • 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

On Monday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission brought fresh allegations against SBF, FTX, and Alameda Research.

They claimed that FTX mishandled customer monies and that Bankman-Fried violated the Commodities Exchange Act.

According to allegations, Alameda Research had access to more than $8 billion in client funds.

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

  • Trading
  • Funding
  • Investment
  • Borrowing/lending

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

FTX sought bankruptcy protection in Delaware on November 11.

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

Read also: Jon Tester, US Senator, still dismissive of crypto

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 acknowledged the following allegations:

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

Caroline Ellison carried out the following actions:

  • 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

The public learned about their plea agreements on Wednesday.


The US Attorney accused Sam Bankman-Fried of eight counts, including securities fraud and money laundering.

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

SBF has a substantially greater bond than other federal white-collar defendants.

  • Bernie Madoff obtained a $10 million bail in anticipation of his imminent trial for running a Ponzi scheme.
  • Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling posted a $5 million bond.
  • Elizabeth Holmes, the Theranos founder, posted a $500,000 bond.


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