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Sam Bankman-Fried’s ‘Historic’ 25-Year Prison Sentence for FTX Fraud Leaves Questions about the Future of Finance and Morality

BySamantha Jones

Mar 28, 2024
Sam Bankman-Fried receives a 25-year sentence in federal prison

Sam Bankman-Fried, the 32-year-old former CEO of FTX, was found guilty in November for what prosecutors described as likely “the largest fraud of the last decade.” Despite being sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for defrauding customers and investors in FTX, the Manhattan court ruling came after Judge Lewis Kaplan expressed concern about Bankman-Fried’s potential to cause harm in the future.

Bankman-Fried has been accused of aspiring to be a highly influential figure in the country, which motivated his financial crimes. While this sentence is half of what prosecutors had requested, it places him at the higher end of sentence lengths in significant white-collar fraud cases. Notably, Bernie Madoff received a 150-year sentence for his Ponzi scheme and Elizabeth Holmes was sentenced to over 11 years for defrauding investors at Theranos.

In addition to the prison term, Bankman-Fried will have to forfeit $11.2 billion but restitution will not be possible due to the impracticality of identifying and compensating all victims. The judge suggested that Bankman Fried should serve his sentence at a medium or lower security facility close to San Francisco so that his family can visit him.

This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available.

By Samantha Jones

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