FTX sues dad and mom of Sam Bankman-Fried over ‘misappropriated funds’

Sep 19, 2023 | blog

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FTX has sued the dad and mom of Sam Bankman-Fried, claiming they enriched themselves by siphoning off thousands and thousands of {dollars} from the cryptocurrency trade their son based.

In a courtroom submitting late on Monday night, the FTX debtors mentioned Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried, each of whom are tenured professors at Stanford Law School, used their affect to funnel cash from the enterprise to their pet charitable causes.

Bankman, a tax lawyer, additionally lavished presents upon his family and friends utilizing FTX funds, they alleged, together with, in a single occasion, flights and tickets to the F1 Grand Prix in France.

Fried used her affect to acquire thousands and thousands of {dollars} in donations from Bankman-Fried and an affiliate for Mind the Gap, a so-called tremendous Pac she co-founded to assist Democrats win workplace within the 2020 US election cycle. She additional pressured “certain FTX Insiders to unlawfully avoid (if not violate) federal campaign finance law”, the debtors alleged, by circumventing disclosure necessities.

Bankman-Fried, who was arrested final December after FTX collapsed with a multibillion-dollar gap in its stability sheet, has beforehand asserted that his dad and mom “weren’t involved in any of the relevant parts” of the enterprise. They haven’t been charged with against the law.

But attorneys for the FTX debtors mentioned the reality was that “Bankman and Fried were very much involved — from the founding of the FTX Group until its collapse”. 

“As early as 2018, Bankman described Alameda as a ‘family business’ — a phrase he repeatedly used to refer to the FTX Group,” they added. Alameda Research was FTX’s affiliated hedge fund.

Even as FTX was quickly descending into insolvency final yr, Bankman and Fried “discussed with Bankman-Fried the transfer to them of a $10mn cash gift and a $16.4mn luxury property in The Bahamas”, the debtors alleged.

A spokesperson for Bankman and Fried didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Bankman-Fried is at present incarcerated awaiting an October trial over a number of prison expenses. Earlier this month, former FTX govt Ryan Salame, who had grow to be a Republican megadonor within the 2022 midterms, pleaded responsible to conspiring to make illegal political contributions and conspiring to function an unlicensed cash transmitting enterprise. 

He grew to become the fourth member of Bankman-Fried’s interior circle to succeed in a take care of prosecutors, after Gary Wang, Caroline Ellison and Nishad Singh entered responsible pleas. 

While prosecutors have to not date charged Bankman-Fried’s dad and mom, the FTX debtors claimed they “either knew — or ignored bright red flags revealing — that their son . . . and other FTX Insiders were orchestrating a vast fraudulent scheme”.

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