There have been a number of reports in the news surrounding the collapse of cryptocurrency provider FTX. After declaring bankruptcy in November of 2022, a number of potential legal questions arose about how the company collapsed so quickly. This isn’t the first big company to go from soaring profits to becoming financially destitute. (See: the history of Enron.) As is often the case, when something goes so bad so quickly, there’s often some potentially illegal activity going on behind the scenes.
Sam Bankman-Fried is the 30 year old founder of FTX, and up until the collapse of the company, was also its CEO. And as of Monday, he’s been arrested by Bahama police on a sealed indictment. Bankman-Fried resides in the Bahamas, so to his credit, it’s not as if he fled there to avoid arrest. The charges were not immediately disclosed, as the indictment is still currently sealed. Suffice to say, given the events surrounding the collapse of FTX, this probably isn’t about an unpaid parking ticket.
It should be noted Bankman-Fried did move the company itself from Hong Kong to the Bahamas last year, possibly indicating that perhaps all was not right with the massive company. Keep in mind, we’re talking about the collapse of the third largest cryptocurrency exchange platform. AND it went bankrupt. How exactly does that happen? That’s likely one of many questions investigators and prosecutors are likely to ask Bankman-Fried if he is indeed successfully extradited. Bankman-Fried is also under investigation by the Bahamian government as well, so there may be more than a few questions asked by the time he potentially arrives back in the US.
Also, The Russo Brothers are currently developing a drama series based on FTX.
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