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by Solomon Oladipupo
  • The bond were co-signed by his parents who are Standard Law professors.
  • Bankman-Fried has been charged with wire, commodities, and securities fraud.
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The US Federal District Court in Manhattan on Thursday agreed to release on bail Sam Bankman-Fried, the Co-Founder and former CEO of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange, FTX. US Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein granted the hefty release based on a hefty $250 million personal recognizance bond.

Nicolas Roos, the Assistant US Attorney, describes the bond as “the largest ever pretrial bond,” Reuters reports. The bond was co-signed by Bankman-Fried’s parents, Barbara and Alan Bankman-Fried, who are both Standford Law professors, at their home in Palo Alto, California.

A relative and a non-relative are to fulfil the rest of the bond. This is even as Bankman-Fried has previously claimed he had just $100,000 in his bank account.

Part of the conditions of the bail is that Bankman-Fied will give up his passport and remain confined to his parent’s California home under tight electronic monitoring. On top of these, the embattled entrepreneur is to undergo mental and substance abuse evaluations.

The release was granted after Judge Gorenstein agreed with Mark Cohen, Bankman-Fried’s lawyer, that he was less of a flight risk.

Sam Bankman-Fried's Extradition to the US

Bankman-Fried’s release comes hours after he was extradited to the United States on Wednesday night from the Bahamas, the epic center of his crumbled crypto empire, where he was arrested last week by the Royal Bahamas Police. The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York later unsealed an indictment charging Bankman-Fried with wire, commodities, and securities fraud as well as money laundering.

Meanwhile, two of the one-time billionaire’s top associates, Caroline Ellison, Alameda Research’s former CEO, and Gary Wang, Alameda and FTX’s Co-Founder, have pled guilty to the criminal charges brought against them by US prosecutors. Wang is also the former Chief Technology Officer of FTX.

Bankman-Fried’s fall from grace started after reports of the co-mingling of customer funds between FTX and corporate sibling and quantitative trading firm, Alameda Research, became public knowledge, driving a frenzy of withdrawals that precipitated FTX’s liquidity crisis and eventual bankruptcy.

The US Federal District Court in Manhattan on Thursday agreed to release on bail Sam Bankman-Fried, the Co-Founder and former CEO of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange, FTX. US Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein granted the hefty release based on a hefty $250 million personal recognizance bond.

Nicolas Roos, the Assistant US Attorney, describes the bond as “the largest ever pretrial bond,” Reuters reports. The bond was co-signed by Bankman-Fried’s parents, Barbara and Alan Bankman-Fried, who are both Standford Law professors, at their home in Palo Alto, California.

A relative and a non-relative are to fulfil the rest of the bond. This is even as Bankman-Fried has previously claimed he had just $100,000 in his bank account.

Part of the conditions of the bail is that Bankman-Fied will give up his passport and remain confined to his parent’s California home under tight electronic monitoring. On top of these, the embattled entrepreneur is to undergo mental and substance abuse evaluations.

The release was granted after Judge Gorenstein agreed with Mark Cohen, Bankman-Fried’s lawyer, that he was less of a flight risk.

Sam Bankman-Fried's Extradition to the US

Bankman-Fried’s release comes hours after he was extradited to the United States on Wednesday night from the Bahamas, the epic center of his crumbled crypto empire, where he was arrested last week by the Royal Bahamas Police. The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York later unsealed an indictment charging Bankman-Fried with wire, commodities, and securities fraud as well as money laundering.

Meanwhile, two of the one-time billionaire’s top associates, Caroline Ellison, Alameda Research’s former CEO, and Gary Wang, Alameda and FTX’s Co-Founder, have pled guilty to the criminal charges brought against them by US prosecutors. Wang is also the former Chief Technology Officer of FTX.

Bankman-Fried’s fall from grace started after reports of the co-mingling of customer funds between FTX and corporate sibling and quantitative trading firm, Alameda Research, became public knowledge, driving a frenzy of withdrawals that precipitated FTX’s liquidity crisis and eventual bankruptcy.

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