Sam Bankman-Fried denied taking money from FTX customers to use for his other company, Alameda Research, as well as for personal expenses including real estate and political contributions in a US court.
On Tuesday, Sam Bankman-Fried filed a not guilty plea to the federal charges that accuse him of defrauding investors in his now-defunct FTX cryptocurrency exchange and causing losses of billions of dollars in what prosecutors have referred to as the biggest fraud in history.
Two of Sam Bankman-Fried’s closest associates, Caroline Ellison and Gary Wang, have already entered guilty pleas and are helping the probe.
Bankman-Fried did not address the judge but instead spoke with his attorneys behind closed doors. Attorneys of Sam Bankman-Fried sought the court to shield the identities of his bail guarantors, citing threats made against the parents of Sam Bankman-Fried. The request was approved by the judge.
Sam Bankman-Fried case refresher
In December, Sam Bankman-Fried was taken into custody in the Bahamas, which was also the location of FTX’s headquarters. After being extradited to the United States, he was eventually released after posting a bail bond in the amount of $250 million. The terms of his release mandated that he wear an electronic monitoring bracelet at all times and that he spend the majority of his time in the house in California where his parents live. His parents co-signed the bond, which means that they will be responsible for paying the bond in full if he does not show up in court.
Currently, he entered a not guilty plea to the charges of fraud and other criminal offenses, and the judge has scheduled the beginning of his trial for October 2nd.
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