SBF allegedly used FTX cash to speculate $400M in obscure VC agency

Authorities in the US might need found yet one more doable element of Sam Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency empire.

U.S. federal prosecutors have alleged that Bankman-Fried has used cash from FTX change to spend money on the enterprise capital (VC) agency Modulo Capital, in accordance to The New York Instances.

As beforehand reported, SBF’s hedge fund and FTX’s sister agency, Alameda Analysis, invested a complete of $400 million in Modulo in 2022, which grew to become one of the crucial important investments by SBF. The funding has drawn explicit consideration from regulators attributable to Modulo — a comparatively unknown agency — elevating substantial capital throughout difficult occasions for the crypto market.

In accordance with the most recent findings by SBF’s investigators, the Modulo funding was seemingly made utilizing legal proceeds or misappropriated cash that FTX prospects had deposited with the change.

The prosecutors mentioned that Modulo had change into an essential a part of the investigation. FTX attorneys are actually reportedly eyeing Modulo’s belongings as they scramble to get well the billions of {dollars} from repaying their prospects, traders and different collectors. Up to now, the whereabouts of SBF’s $400 million funding are unclear.

Modulo Capital was based in March 2022 by three former executives at Jane Road, a New York-based agency that when employed Bankman-Fried and Alameda CEO Caroline Ellison. One of many founders, Duncan Rheingans-Yoo, was reportedly solely two years out of faculty. One other Modulo co-founder, Xiaoyun Zhang, often known as Lily, was a former Wall Road dealer with some ties with SBF. Modulo can also be recognized to run its operations from the identical Bahamian rental group the place SBF resided.

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The information comes amid U.S. commissioner for Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee, Christy Goldsmith Romero, questioning the due diligence work accomplished by VCs and cash managers who funded FTX. “Why did they flip a blind eye to what ought to have been actually flashing pink lights?” Romero requested.

Beforehand, the deputy prime minister of Singapore, admitted that the government-owned funding agency Temasek confronted “reputational harm” attributable to their funding in FTX.

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