Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the disgraced founder of the FTX crypto exchange, has reportedly been declared guilty of defrauding customers a year following the exchange’s collapse.
Reportedly, a jury panel consisting of 12 members unanimously rendered a guilty verdict on all seven counts of fraud. Prosecutors alleged that he embezzled $8 billion from the exchange’s customers, driven by sheer greed.
Jury Delivers Final Verdict: Sam Bankman-Fried Guilty
The jury reached the verdict after deliberating for approximately four hours, according to a recent report.
US District Judge Lewis Kaplan has scheduled SBF’s sentencing for March 28, 2024.
It was noted that SBF’s legal team intends to appeal the verdict, given that SBF has maintained his not-guilty plea to the seven counts of fraud charges filed against him.
However, SBF’s legal challenges continue. United States prosecutors have brought additional charges against him pertaining to alleged foreign bribery and bank fraud conspiracies. For those charges, he will face a separate trial.
FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried is questioned by defense lawyer Mark Cohen during his fraud trial over the collapse of the bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange before US District Judge Lewis Kaplan at federal court in New York City, U.S., October 31, 2023. Source: Jane Rosenberg | Reuters
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As the trial began, Judge Kaplan afforded SBF a final opportunity to testify before the jurors entered the courtroom.
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