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Sam Bankman-Fried Sentenced to 25 Years in Fraud Case

Sam Bankman-Fried Sentenced to 25 Years in Fraud Case

Mar 28, 2024

Sam Bankman-Fried Sentenced to 25 Years in Fraud Case

In a recent update from the federal court, exchange founder Sam Bankman-Fried, widely known as SBF, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the FTX fraud case. The sentence was handed down on Thursday morning in lower Manhattan, following Bankman-Fried's plea for leniency during the hearing.

Before his sentencing, Bankman-Fried expressed remorse, stating, "I know a lot of people feel really let down,” and continued, “I’m sorry about that. I’m sorry about what happened at every stage." He admitted to making a "series of bad decisions" that were not selfish but unarguably grave mistakes.

In addition to the prison sentence, Bankman-Fried is ordered to forfeit over $11 billion, marking a significant financial repercussion for the former "crypto" mogul. This outcome places him in a category with notable convicted fraudsters such as Bernie Ebbers, albeit with a shorter sentence than Bernie Madoff, who received 150 years for his Ponzi scheme.


The verdict, as reported by The Epoch Times, convicted Bankman-Fried on all seven counts of conspiracy and fraud. Jurors found him guilty of a series of misdeeds, including misusing customer funds, engaging in wash-trading transactions, manipulating markets, and making substantial political donations with misappropriated funds.

Prosecutor Nicolas Roos articulated the gravity of Bankman-Fried's actions during the hearing, stating, "Sam Bankman-Fried stole over $8 billion in customer money... It was not a liquidity crisis, or an act of mismanagement, or poor oversight from the top."

The sentencing concludes a tumultuous period marked by Bankman-Fried's rapid fall from grace. Once a darling of the "crypto world" and a prominent political donor, his actions and the subsequent collapse of FTX have had far-reaching implications in the Bitcoin industry and beyond.

As the dust settles on this chapter of the FTX saga, the legal repercussions for Sam Bankman-Fried have been firmly established, leaving behind a cautionary tale and a significant loss for his former customers and investors.

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