- US prosecutors have asked for a delay in the civil fraud cases against Sam Bankman-Fried by the Commodities Future Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission
- The outcome of the criminal case against Bankman-Fried will likely have a significant impact on the civil cases
- Bankman-Fried is facing eight criminal charges, including wire fraud and money laundering, and his trial is scheduled for October
US Prosecutors Seek Delay in Civil Fraud Cases Against Sam Bankman-Fried
U.S. prosecutors have asked for a delay in the civil fraud cases against Sam Bankman-Fried until the conclusion of the government’s criminal case against him, according to court documents. The main prosecutor overseeing the case, Damian Williams, wrote that the Commodities Future Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission had both consented to the stay, and Bankman-Fried, former Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison, and FTX co-founder Gary Wang have also agreed to the stay.
Criminal Case’s Impact on Civil Cases
Williams stated that the outcome of the criminal case will likely have a significant impact on the civil cases and was concerned that Bankman-Fried’s legal team could use the civil case’s discovery process to bolster its defense in the criminal case. He wrote that “allowing discovery in the Civil Cases to proceed without restriction risks giving the defendant, Samuel Bankman-Fried, the tools to improperly obtain impeachment material regarding the Government’s witnesses, circumvent the criminal discovery rules, and improperly tailor his defense in the Criminal Case.”
Bankman-Fried’s Criminal Charges
The SEC has charged Bankman-Fried with scheming to defraud FTX investors. Meanwhile, the CFTC charged Bankman-Fried, FTX, and Alameda Research with fraud and material misrepresentations. In total, Bankman-Fried faces eight criminal charges, including wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He appeared in Manhattan federal court on January 3 and pleaded not guilty to all eight charges and now awaits a trial scheduled for October.
Recent Developments in Bankman-Fried’s Case
Bankman-Fried was one of the most powerful CEOs in the crypto industry until a few months ago, but cracks started to show when it was revealed that Alameda Research held billions worth of FTX’s utility token, FTT, on its balance sheet against billions worth of liabilities. The panic led to billions worth of withdrawals from the FTX exchange, and FTX filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and Bankman-Fried stepped down as CEO. Bankman-Fried was arrested by Bahamas police at the request of U.S. authorities on December 12 and was extradited to the United States. He is now under house arrest at his parents’ Palo Alto home until his trial.