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The Implications Of Sam Bankman-Fried’s Conviction In New York


Sam Bankman-Fried’s conviction in New York should perhaps come as no surprise, but it nonetheless has implications for the entire financial sector. If nothing else, the court’s decision indicates a clear willingness to prosecute anyone who engages in financial conduct within the crypto world. Could this conviction affect other crypto enthusiasts and investors throughout New York?

US Attorney Damian Williams Makes Statement on SBF’s Conviction 

The US Attorney’s statements in this case may provide some clues as to the implications of the conviction. Damian Williams writes that he has “no patience” for “lying, cheating, and stealing” in the financial industry – whether it occurs in traditional finance or the crypto world.” Williams also states that this conviction is a “warning to every fraudster who thinks they’re untouchable, that their crimes are too complex for us to catch, that they are too powerful to prosecute, or that they are clever enough to talk their way out of it.”

The latter point is possibly a reference to SBF’s “word salad,” which is a term that the presiding judge used to describe the defendant’s manner of speaking when taking the stand. Court reporters say that he often went on tangents and gave testimony that resembled a casual, free-flowing conversation that did not reflect the seriousness of the situation or the formal setting of a criminal trial. Sam Bankman-Fried faces up to 110 years in prison for various convictions, including wire fraud, money laundering, commodities fraud, and securities fraud. It is worth pointing out that crypto was not defined as a security by the SEC under normal circumstances, but this definition is slowly changing with the Kwon Luna case – and now SBF’s conviction. 

Was SBF the “Fall Guy?” 

Many have pointed out that SBF was clearly not the only person responsible for the FTX debacle. One obvious person of interest is Sam Trabucco, an individual who mysteriously left FTX and Almeda a few months before their implosion. His whereabouts are currently unknown, although his LinkedIn page still states that he is the co-CEO of Almeda Research. Along with Caroline Ellison, Nishad Singh, Trabucco could be made to answer for his crimes and potentially pay restitution to the many people who lost money due to the FTX scandal.

Many Unanswered Questions 

There are still many unanswered questions about exactly where the money went. The leaders of FTX essentially lost customer funds due to incredibly poor investment choices, and one might argue that had they been better investors, they would have never encountered such serious legal issues. However, not all of the money was lost via poor investments, and some of these funds were donated to various organizations. One such organization was allegedly the Chinese government, and this allegation may lead to a completely new trial. 

Where Can I Find a Defense Lawyer in New York? 

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced New York criminal defense attorney, look no further than Phillip J. Murphy, Attorney at Law. Whether you are facing charges related to cryptocurrencies or any other financial activity, the conviction of Sam Bankman-Fried is a clear reminder that the Justice Department has little patience for these kinds of things. A defense strategy is critical if you find yourself in this situation. Reach out today to get started.




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