Sam Bankman-Fried has been arrested by authorities within the Bahamas on the request of the U.S. authorities, only a day earlier than the disgraced former FTX CEO was as a result of testify earlier than Congress.
Bankman-Fried was arrested by the Royal Bahamas Police Power following a proper notification from america authorities that it has filed legal fees in opposition to him, in response to a Dec. 12 assertion from the Bahamas Legal professional Common (AG) and Minister of Authorized Affairs, Ryan Pinder.
Citing an individual with data of the matter, The New York Instances reported on Dec. 12 that the costs in opposition to Bankman-Fried embrace wire and securities fraud, conspiracy to commit wire and securities fraud and cash laundering,
The U.S. will seemingly request the extradition of Bankman-Fried, with Pinder stating that the Bahamas will “promptly” course of any extradition request.
Bahamian Prime Minister Philip Davis mentioned in a press release that each nations have “a shared curiosity in holding accountable all people related to FTX who could have betrayed the general public belief and damaged the legislation.
A Dec. 12 tweet from the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for the Southern District of New York mentioned authorities within the Bahamas arrested Bankman-Fried primarily based on a sealed indictment it filed that it plans to unseal “within the morning.”
USA Damian Williams: Earlier this night, Bahamian authorities arrested Samuel Bankman-Fried on the request of the U.S. Authorities, primarily based on a sealed indictment filed by the SDNY. We anticipate to maneuver to unseal the indictment within the morning and could have extra to say at the moment.
— US Legal professional SDNY (@SDNYnews) December 12, 2022
Bloomberg reported on Dec. 10 that prosecutors from New York, FBI brokers and regulators met with FTX’s attorneys to debate the documentation that investigators wish to get hold of.
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The U.S. Division of Justice (DOJ) was “intently” analyzing whether or not FTX improperly transferred a whole lot of thousands and thousands across the similar time as the corporate declared chapter on Nov. 11.
Bahamian authorities have been equally enterprise their very own “energetic and ongoing” investigation into FTX as introduced on Nov. 27 by Pinder that concerned the nation’s Securities Fee, the Monetary Intelligence Unit and the police’s monetary crimes unit.
Bankman-Fried’s arrest comes a day earlier than he was anticipated to seem remotely to testify earlier than the Home Committee on Monetary Companies in a listening to investigating the collapse of the trade.