April 19, 2024
Crypto Tycoon SBF's Jail Anxiety Unveiled by Former Inmate
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Crypto Tycoon SBF’s Jail Anxiety Unveiled by Former Inmate

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, faced worries for his safety during his pre-trial detention at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, according to revelations from a former inmate, Gene Borrello. The ex-mob enforcer turned informant shared insights in a Nov. 30 interview, highlighting Bankman-Fried’s perceived vulnerability and concerns.

Borrello described Bankman-Fried as being “out of his element” in jail and expressing fears for his safety. The former crypto mogul reportedly contemplated paying another inmate for protection, reflecting the challenging environment he found himself in.

According to Borrello, other prisoners viewed Bankman-Fried as timid, with a physique likened to that of an 80-year-old. The perception of him having access to wealth made him a potential target for extortion. A fellow inmate attempted to exploit Bankman-Fried’s perceived vulnerability by trying to make him fearful for protection money.

Despite the threats, Bankman-Fried was housed in a unit that segregated wealthy individuals and government co-operators from the general prison population. Borrello intervened, confronting the other prisoner, which led to a fight resulting in both being placed in solitary confinement.

During his time speaking with Bankman-Fried, Borrello observed the former billionaire’s timid demeanor, noting that he appeared nervous and spoke with his head down. Borrello questioned Bankman-Fried about how he spent his money, learning that he owned an Apple Watch and drove a 2020 Toyota Camry.

Borrello opined that Bankman-Fried, estimated to have a peak wealth of $26 billion, would face challenges in the general prison population due to the risk of extortion. The former inmate revealed Bankman-Fried’s lack of understanding regarding the severity of his legal troubles, believing he would spend 20 years in prison.

Bankman-Fried was recently found guilty of seven counts of money laundering, fraud, and conspiracy, facing a maximum sentence of 115 years in jail. His sentencing is scheduled for March 28, with plans for an appeal. Borrello also attempted to warn Bankman-Fried about the strictness of New York Judge Lewis Kaplan, overseeing his case, emphasizing the potential challenges he may face during sentencing.

Borrello characterized Bankman-Fried’s situation as a “glory case,” suggesting that prosecutors are motivated by a desire for recognition and career advancement. Despite expressing disbelief at the potential severity of the sentencing, Borrello remarked, “He’s the glory case. So he’s fucked.”

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