Caroline Ellison, the former CEO of Alameda Research and a key witness in the ongoing FTX investigation, may be able to avoid prosecution on all seven counts of allegations against her through a plea deal.
Under the agreement with the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Ellison would only face charges of criminal tax violations and may be released immediately on $250,000 bail.
If Ellison had been found guilty of all the charges against her, she could have been sentenced to up to 110 years in prison. The charges against Ellison include wire fraud on customers of FTX and its lenders, commodities fraud, securities fraud on FTX’s equity investors, and money laundering.
The Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York has agreed not to prosecute Caroline Ellison, the former CEO of Alameda Research, on any of the seven counts against her in exchange for her cooperation and full disclosure of all information and documents requested by prosecutors.
This agreement does not protect Ellison from potential charges from other authorities or exclude the possibility of prosecution for criminal tax violations if they are revealed in court proceedings.
Ellison has been released on a $250,000 bond, with restrictions on leaving the U.S. and surrendering travel documents.
Meanwhile, the former CEO of FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried, is currently in FBI custody and being transported to the Southern District of New York to appear before a judge.