The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is looking into the circumstances that caused Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of FTX, to have liquidity problems at his company and ultimately file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
According to reports from Bloomberg, U.S. prosecutors are examining whether Sam Bankman-Fried illegally transferred millions of dollars to the Bahamas at the time he filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States.
The DOJ is also investigating how Bankman-Fried handled investors’ funds that are locked up with the bankrupt FTX platform and its associated firm, Alameda Research.
The report stated that Bankman-Fried has repeatedly denied mishandling customers’ funds even though he admitted that there are errors in his management of the FTX exchange.
According to the report, the ex-CEO is currently in the Bahamas and has not been charged with any crime. This may be due to his connection with U.S. politics.
Bankman-Fried stated on a Twitter thread that he will be helpful during the court hearing.
2) I will try to be helpful during the hearing, and to shed what light I can on:
–FTX US's solvency and American customers
–Pathways that could return value to users internationally
–What I think led to the crash
–My own failings
— SBF (@SBF_FTX) December 9, 2022
He added that he will provide information about FTX US’s solvency and American customers, pathways that could provide value to users all over the world, what he believes caused the crash, and his flaws.
On Sam Bankman Fried’s Trial
A report from TheCoinRise stated that the United States House Financial Services Committee has set a date for a hearing on the circumstances leading to FTX’s sudden fall, after initially announcing plans to hold one.
The lawmakers will hear testimony from both individuals and companies about their roles in the events that led to FTX’s bankruptcy filings during this hearing.
Hopefully, following the hearing, wrongdoers will be made to answer for their actions so that responsible parties may use technology to create a more equitable financial system.
There are also hints from a report, that Bankman-Fried may have over a million creditors according to documents from the court database system, PACER.
Thecoinrise has reported that Bankman-Fried purchased a lot of properties in the Bahamas. Lawyers from FTX are also accusing the ex-CEO of transferring assets to the Bahamian government after filing for bankruptcy.