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Crypto Collapse: The Downfall of FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried

Updated: Apr 5

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, also known as "Sam the Scammer" has been sentenced to 25 years in prison by Judge Lewis A. Kaplan. Prosecutors sought a longer sentence of 40 to 50 years for the disgraced crypto leader. Bankman-Fried was convicted in November of wire fraud and conspiracy charges after FTX collapsed in November 2022. The exchange faced financial difficulties and merged assets with the Alameda Research hedge fund, prompting many customers to withdraw their funds. Bankman-Fried's defense team plans to appeal.


Judge Kaplan stated that Bankman-Fried showed no remorse for his actions, asserting that he knew they were wrong and criminal. Bankman-Fried's parents, Barbara and Joseph Bankman-Fried, were present in the courtroom.


Kaplan highlighted that FTX customers lost $8 billion, FTX's investors lost $1.7 billion, and lenders to Bankman-Fried's Alameda Research hedge fund lost $1.3 billion. He commented that the assertion that FTX customers and creditors will be fully repaid is misleading and erroneous.


Bankman-Fried, once valued at an estimated $26 billion due to bitcoin's rise, is expected to be ordered to pay restitution. Bitcoin's value, a significant part of Bankman-Fried's wealth, dropped to $15,000 but has since rebounded to over $70,000 after the SEC approved a bitcoin ETF earlier this year.


Here at Rezny wealth Management Inc., we do not invest in cryptocurrency due to various reasons, including but not limited to the risks associated with the market's volatility and susceptibility to fraud. The case of Sam Bankman-Fried, known as "Sam the Scammer," underscores the importance of our cautious approach to investments. While his sentencing is a significant development, it serves as one of many examples reinforcing our commitment to prudent investment practices and risk management strategies.

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