Sam Bankman-Fried sentenced to 25 years in prison

Bankman-Fried will spend the next couple decades in prison.

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of FTX, a popular cryptocurrency platform, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fraud and conspiracy.

The sentence comes after Bankman-Fried’s conviction in November, marking a dramatic fall from his previous success, which included celebrity endorsements and a Super Bowl advertisement.


Driving the news: U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan imposed the sentence, expressing concern about the risk of Bankman-Fried committing future harmful actions.

  • Bankman-Fried has been ordered to forfeit over $11 billion and will likely be sent to a medium-security prison in the San Francisco area due to his low risk of physical harm to others and vulnerability in high-security locations.
  • Prosecutors had recommended a prison sentence of 40 to 50 years, citing Bankman-Fried’s wide-ranging crimes, including misappropriating funds, bribery, and illegal donations.

The backstory: Kaplan dismissed leniency arguments based on potential restitution, stating that customers lost $8 billion, investors lost $1.7 billion, and lenders were shorted $1.3 billion. The judge also noted instances of perjury by Bankman-Fried during his trial testimony.

  • In a statement before the sentencing, Bankman-Fried apologized and stated that his useful life is likely over.
  • Defense lawyer Marc Mukasey argued that Bankman-Fried made decisions based on mathematics and not malice.
  • Bankman-Fried’s attorneys, friends, and family urged leniency, claiming he posed a low risk of re-offending, and that FTX’s investors had largely recovered their funds, a claim disputed by bankruptcy lawyers, FTX, and its creditors.
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