Sam Bankman-Fried despatched to jail for witness tampering

FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) was despatched to jail Friday after the choose overseeing his case revoked his bail. US District Choose Lewis Kaplan discovered possible trigger that the disgraced former CEO repeatedly tampered with witnesses. As well as, Kaplan rejected Bankman-Fried’s attorneys’ request to delay his detention pending enchantment.

Prosecutors argued that Bankman-Fried tried to harass a vital witness final month when he showed a New York Times reporter the private writings of his former companion Caroline Ellison, a cooperating witness who pleaded responsible in December to felony fees associated to defrauding FTX buyers. The prosecution mentioned SBF’s actions have been an try to wreck her popularity and affect potential jurors. In the meantime, SBF’s protection group accused prosecutors of utilizing proof laden with “innuendo, hypothesis, and scant info.” Choose Kaplan sided with prosecutors, saying Bankman-Fried tried to “tamper with witnesses at the very least twice.”

Reuters reports that the 31-year-old former FTX boss was ushered out of the court docket by US Marshals “after eradicating his shoelaces, jacket and tie and emptying his pockets.” The previous CEO had been underneath home arrest in California (at his mother and father’ house in Palo Alto) since he was extradited in December following his arrest within the Bahamas final December. His $250 million bail bundle tightly managed his web utilization.

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