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DOJ Affirms Charges Against FTX-SBF Amid Crypto Regulation Void
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DOJ Affirms Charges Against FTX-SBF Amid Crypto Regulation Void

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion in court on October 4, 2023, in response to former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s request for clarification and reconsideration of charges related to the misappropriation of funds in FTX. Bankman-Fried’s legal team argued that their client should not be found guilty because FTX was not regulated in the United States, and he followed the rules concerning FTX US.

The DOJ, however, disagreed with this argument, stating that the lack of crypto regulations in the U.S. is not a bar to the criminal charges against Bankman-Fried. They asserted that even though the existence of legislation may be necessary to prove a legal obligation, the absence of such regulations does not affect whether the defendant’s victims committed money to him. The DOJ pointed out that there are existing rules prohibiting companies from stealing customer assets, and Bankman-Fried has been charged under these laws.

Furthermore, the DOJ argued that Bankman-Fried committed substantial misrepresentations to customers and stole money from them. They claimed that the absence of clearly applicable laws or regulations does not make it irrelevant to whether the defendant made substantial misstatements or omissions. In other words, the DOJ believes that Bankman-Fried’s actions can be considered wire fraud and misappropriation of customer funds regardless of whether specific regulations existed.

Bankman-Fried is currently facing multiple charges, including wire fraud and misappropriation of customer funds, and is in jail for violating his bail conditions and attempting to influence potential witnesses. He has appealed for release on bail multiple times but has been unsuccessful. His legal team cited a lack of internet connectivity hindering his defense preparations and a lack of vegan meal options as reasons for seeking bail.

Bankman-Fried’s jury trial began on October 3, 2023, and reports suggest that it could last up to six weeks. The outcome of the trial will determine whether he is found guilty or not on the charges brought against him.

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