FTX News: Sam Bankman-Fried Reached An Agreement With U.S. Prosecutors?

FTX News

A disagreement that recently arose between Sam Bankman-Fried and federal prosecutors regarding his use of encrypted messaging apps and communications with former FTX workers while he was on bail has now been resolved. This comes after a piece of news surrounding FTX broke that the former CEO tried to contact an ex-employee using the Signal messaging app.

SBF’s New Bail Conditions

As part of the revised bail conditions, the 30-year-old business tycoon–who pleaded not guilty to fraud charges related to the collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange–agreed that he would not use encrypted chatting apps like Signal. However, he will be permitted to send normal texts and also make Zoom and Facetime calls. Additionally, it was also stated that if SBF agreed to download monitoring software on his phone, he would be able to use messaging services like WhatsApp.

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Mark S. Cohen, who represents Bankman-Fried, provided specifics of the newly imposed conditions in a letter that was submitted to the federal court in Manhattan on Monday. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan previously had scheduled a hearing on Thursday to decide whether or not to grant the prosecution’s request to prohibit Bankman-Fried from using encrypted applications and communicating with former FTX coworkers.

SBF Trying To Tamper Evidence?

The sides had come to an agreement on a relatively narrow group of former FTX employees with whom Bankman-Fried would not speak, according to Cohen, who requested the Thursday hearing to be canceled. The individuals that SBF had agreed not to contact were not named in Monday’s letter; however, Cohen had previously stated that he had proposed a group that would include former Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison and FTX co-founder Gary Wang. Ellison and Wang each entered guilty pleas to fraud and are now working with the authorities.

The risk that Bankman-Fried would tamper with witnesses prompted prosecutors to seek a prior ban on all communication with former coworkers.  Nonetheless, Cohen stated that the defense has also retracted its objection to an earlier bail condition offered by the government, which prevents Bankman-Fried from relocating any assets related to FTX or Alameda.

After being arrested in December on suspicion of criminal fraud, the disgraced crypto entrepreneur is now under house arrest after posting a $250 million bail. SBF has entered a not-guilty plea and is presently in custody while waiting for his trial, which is set to begin on October 2nd as per FTX news reported from courtroom hearings. The ongoing FTX case has been assigned the code 22-cr-673 by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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