Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried, the founder of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, defended his decision to utilize clients’ fiat deposits, claiming it was part of a broader strategy for “risk management.” Facing questions from prosecutor Danielle Sassoon in the Southern District of New York, Bankman-Fried shed light on his involvement with both FTX and the crypto hedge fund Alameda Research. The testimony disclosed controversial practices involving an $8 billion shortfall owed to FTX customers and unveiled surprising connections with the Bahamian government.

Risk Management or Controversial Strategy?

Sam Bankman-Fried
Sam “SBF” Bankman-Fried (Source: AML Intelligence)

During the court proceedings, the FTX founder contended that spending $8 billion of FTX customers’ funds was a calculated move falling under the umbrella of “risk management.” He revealed his dual roles as CEO of both FTX and Alameda Research, claiming his focus was primarily on managing portfolios. Bankman-Fried’s testimony raised eyebrows as he admitted to insufficient oversight, stating he hadn’t paid as much attention as he should have. Shockingly, no employees were held accountable for the alleged misappropriation of clients’ money for speculative trading, further deepening the controversy surrounding FTX’s practices.

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Bankman-Fried Close Ties with the Bahamian Government Unveiled

In a surprising twist, Bankman-Fried disclosed FTX’s close relationship with the Bahamian government. During questioning, he denied specifics, but evidence surfaced of his connections, including providing the Bahamian Prime Minister, Philip Davis, with courtside seats at the Miami Heat Arena. Allegations arose that discussions occurred about paying off the nation’s debt, a claim Bankman-Fried denies, though he admitted to assisting Davis’ son in securing a job. This revelation added a new layer of intrigue to the ongoing trial, highlighting the entangled web of relationships and decisions that led to FTX’s collapse.


As the FTX trial unfolds, the cryptocurrency world watches closely, captivated by the unfolding drama surrounding its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried. The courtroom revelations have exposed questionable practices, leaving the industry to ponder the ethics of risk management in the world of digital assets. The outcome of this trial will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for cryptocurrency exchanges, investors, and regulators, shaping the future landscape of crypto trading practices and accountability.

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