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U.S. Prosecutors Forego Second Trial for Sam Bankman-Fried

U.S. prosecutors have stated their intention to forego a second trial for Sam Bankman-Fried, recently convicted for embezzlement from customers of his now-defunct FTX cryptocurrency exchange.

In a filed letter on Friday in Manhattan’s federal court, prosecutors emphasized the paramount public interest in swiftly resolving the case against the 31-year-old former billionaire. They cited the impending March 28, 2024, sentencing, expected to involve forfeiture and restitution orders for the victims impacted by his offenses, as a crucial factor in their decision.

Bankman-Fried was convicted on all seven counts of fraud and conspiracy by jurors on November 2. U.S. prosecutors alleged he unlawfully acquired $8 billion from FTX customers out of sheer avarice.

Bankman-Fried’s legal representatives chose not to offer any comment. He faced six additional charges separated from the initial trial, including campaign finance breaches, conspiracy to engage in bribery, and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.

Extradited from the Bahamas, where FTX was headquartered, in December 2022, Bankman-Fried encountered the seven initial charges.

However, the Bahamas has yet to grant approval for a trial on the remaining charges, causing uncertainty regarding the schedule, as per prosecutors’ statement.

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