FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of FTX, once a top crypto exchange, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. The maximum sentence was 110 years.

Bankman-Fried was found guilty of seven counts of fraud and conspiracy in a criminal lawsuit that rocked the entire crypto ecosystem. The claims included misuse of customer funds as his hedge fund Alemada Research tapped into accounts on FTX for loans without a sustainable level of collateral.

Attorneys representing Bankman-Fried had asked the court for greater leniency because all investors would get their money back due to the appreciation of certain assets in the following months. The defense requested a jail term of not more than six years.

Some observers viewed Elizabeth Holmes’s 11 years in prison and the collapse of her Medtech firm, Theranos, as a floor.

The prosecution had asked for up to 50 years, and it is probable that Bankman-Fried’s sentence of 20 years was impacted by claims of perjury and witness tampering during the trial.

The sentencing ends one of the most dramatic events in crypto history. Bankman-Fried was once viewed as a powerful advocate for the digital asset sector who frequently visited the halls of Congress, while doling out millions of dollars to elected officials. The collapse of FTX, one of the biggest financial failures ever, harmed the entire crypto industry and to this day casts a shadow on the sector.

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