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FTX's Bankman-Fried, charged with 'epic' fraud, released on $250 million bond © Reuters. Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of crypto foreign money change FTX, is escorted into the Justice of the Peace Courtroom constructing in Nassau, Bahamas December 21, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello

By Luc Cohen and Jody Godoy

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Sam Bankman-Fried was launched on a $250 million bond bundle on Thursday whereas he awaits trial over the collapse of the FTX crypto change, which a U.S. prosecutor known as a “fraud of epic proportions.”

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have accused the FTX founding father of stealing billions of {dollars} in buyer funds to plug losses at his hedge fund, Alameda Analysis.

Bankman-Fried was not requested to enter a plea on Thursday. He has beforehand acknowledged risk-management failures at FTX, however has mentioned he doesn’t imagine he has felony legal responsibility. His protection lawyer, Mark Cohen, declined to remark after the listening to in Manhattan federal court docket.

U.S. Justice of the Peace Decide Gabriel Gorenstein set Bankman-Fried’s subsequent court docket date for Jan. 3, 2023, earlier than U.S. District Decide Ronny Abrams, who will deal with the case.

Bankman-Fried based FTX in 2019. A increase within the values of bitcoin and different digital belongings propelled the change to a valuation of some $32 billion earlier this 12 months, making the Massachusetts Institute of Expertise (MIT) graduate a billionaire a number of instances over, in addition to an influential donor to U.S. political campaigns.

In granting him pretrial launch, Gorenstein mentioned Bankman-Fried had “achieved adequate notoriety that it will be unattainable” for him to have interaction in additional monetary schemes or to cover with out being acknowledged.

After Thursday’s court docket look, the one-time billionaire was surrounded by photographers as he exited the decrease Manhattan courthouse and entered a black SUV. He sported facial stubble and a grey swimsuit – a far cry for the shorts and T-shirt he turned infamous for sporting in public appearances whereas working FTX.

Nicolas Roos, a prosecutor, informed Gorenstein that the bail bundle would require Bankman-Fried to give up his passport and stay in dwelling confinement at his dad and mom’ dwelling in Palo Alto, California. He would even be required to endure common psychological well being remedy and analysis.

Roos mentioned that whereas Bankman-Fried had carried out a “fraud of epic proportions,” he had no historical past of flight and his monetary belongings had lowered considerably.

Bankman-Fried, 30, was arrested final week within the Bahamas, the place he lived and the place FTX is predicated, cementing his fall from grace. He departed the Caribbean nation in FBI custody on Wednesday night time.

Cohen mentioned he agreed with prosecutors’ proposed bail circumstances. He famous that Bankman-Fried’s dad and mom – each Stanford Legislation Faculty professors – would co-sign the bond and submit the fairness of their dwelling as assurance for his return to court docket. Each appeared on the listening to.

“My consumer remained the place he was, he made no effort to flee,” Cohen mentioned.

The bond is supposed to make sure that if Bankman-Fried flees, the federal government might confiscate the household’s belongings – together with their Palo Alto dwelling – as much as $250 million. Reuters couldn’t decide the household’s whole web price.

Bankman-Fried mentioned at a New York Instances convention on Nov. 30, following the change’s collapse, that he had $100,000 in his checking account.


Sporting leg restraints, Bankman-Fried sat flanked by his legal professionals and nodded when the choose knowledgeable him that if he fails to seem in court docket, a warrant could be issued for his arrest. Gorenstein mentioned circumstances additionally included digital monitoring through

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