Justice Dept defends movement to bar SBF from accessing FTX, Alameda belongings

United States prosecutors within the felony case towards former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried have launched textual content and e-mail messages from SBF to present CEO John Ray.

In court docket paperwork launched on Jan. 30, the Justice Division responded to a movement from Bankman-Fried’s authorized workforce trying to take away a few of the proposed modifications for his bail circumstances, which included barring contact with former and present FTX workers. In response to prosecutors, SBF tried to contact each present FTX CEO John Ray and FTX US basic counsel Ryne Miller.

In an e-mail to Ray on Jan. 2, Bankman-Fried mentioned he hadn’t gotten off “on the fitting foot” and provided to fulfill the FTX CEO in particular person in New York Metropolis. He was allowed to go away his mother and father’ California house to look in court docket and enter his not-guilty plea. The message adopted one from Dec. 30, by which SBF cited a Cointelegraph report in an try to deal with the standing of funds tied to Alameda wallets:

“I personally can’t entry the funds, however I think that your workforce seemingly has the power to maneuver and safeguard these funds […] I’d be joyful to speak in regards to the methods you seemingly are capable of entry them if useful.”

Bankman-Fried claimed in his Jan. 12 “pre-mortem overview” of FTX’s collapse that regulation agency Sullivan & Crowell and the FTX US basic counsel pressured him into naming Ray as his successor. Ray beforehand responded to claims from SBF relating to FTX as the previous CEO having “no ongoing function” on the agency or its subsidiaries and “doesn’t communicate on their behalf”.

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Filings from Jan. 27 confirmed Bankman-Fried tried to succeed in out to Miller, allegedly to “affect” his testimony within the felony case. This prompted prosecutors to file a movement, amending SBF’s bail circumstances to stop contact with FTX workers and utilizing encrypted messaging purposes like Sign. The Jan. 30 submitting included a proposed prohibition on SBF “accessing or transferring any FTX or Alameda belongings or cryptocurrency”.

Chapter proceedings for FTX are shifting ahead within the District of Delaware, whereas SBF’s felony trial is scheduled to start in October in U.S. District Courtroom in Manhattan.


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