Disgraced FTX Founder Faces Severe Punishment, Prosecutors Demand Harsh Sentence

In a significant development in the legal battle surrounding Sam Bankman-Fried, the infamous founder of the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange FTX, federal prosecutors have made a strong case for the former billionaire to face a lengthy prison sentence. According to their recent filings, the prosecutors in Manhattan have argued that Bankman-Fried should be sentenced to 40-50 years behind bars, citing the devastating impact of his crimes.

Conclusion of the government’s sentencing memorandum for Bankman-Fried. Source: CourtListener

The prosecutors have emphasized the sheer scale and severity of Bankman-Fried’s actions, describing his crime as “one of the biggest financial frauds in American history.” US attorney Damian Williams initially made this statement after the collapse of FTX and Bankman-Fried’s subsequent conviction on seven charges, including conspiracy and fraud.

While the total charges against Bankman-Fried could theoretically result in a staggering 115-year prison sentence, his legal team had requested the court to cap his punishment at a maximum of 6.5 years. Additionally, his family and friends had pleaded with the court to consider Bankman-Fried’s psychiatric conditions as mitigating factors, potentially leading to a reduced sentence.

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In their recent filing, however, the prosecutors remained unwavering in their stance, asserting that Bankman-Fried should experience a significant prison term commensurate with the damage he has caused. They argued, “Even now Bankman-Fried refuses to admit what he did was wrong. His life in recent years has been one of unmatched greed and hubris; of ambition and rationalization; and courting risk and gambling repeatedly with other people’s money.”

The prosecutors further highlighted the far-reaching consequences of Bankman-Fried’s actions, emphasizing that thousands of individuals from financially unstable and war-torn regions had invested their hard-earned money into his fraudulent enterprise.

Marc Mukasey, leading Bankman-Fried’s legal team, is expect to submit a response to the prosecutors’ memorandum next week. However, US District Judge Lewis Kaplan holds the ultimate authority over his sentencing. Reports indicate that Judge Kaplan will announce the sentence on Mar 28, 2024, which could establish a precedent for the ramifications of severe financial crimes within the cryptocurrency sphere.

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