Sam Bankman-Fried, has been accused by transferring at least almost $41 million in cryptocurrencies to one or more Chinese government officials in violation of anti-bribery laws.
In a document revealed on 28th March 2023, prosecutors said that Bankman-Fried ordered the payment in 2021 to unlock accounts at FTX s subsidiary company Alameda Research holding more than $1.1 billion in cryptocurrencies.
The campaign, according to the prosecution, was successful in reopening the accounts. Charges of corruption have been brought under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Also, the goal of the bribe was to persuade and convince one or more Chinese government representatives to defrost certain Alameda trading accounts that included more than $1.1 billion in cryptocurrencies. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
In early 2021, Chinese police officers took a hard stance against Alameda Bitcoin trading accounts, throwing the crypto world into disarray. It wasn’t long before lawyers were hired and contacts made with the exchanges, but even new fraudulent accounts couldn’t escape the long arm of the law. Ex-CEO of FTX and his colleagues valiantly fought against the blockade, attempting to contact Chinese exchanges and open new accounts. As time wore on, however, it seemed that all hope was lost, until Bankman-Fried made a shocking decision. Rather than watch his empire crumble, he directed a multi-million-dollar bribe in a daring attempt to unfreeze the accounts. The stakes were high, but so were the rewards – who would come out on top in this high-stakes game of cat and mouse?
And the saga continues for Bankman-Fried as prosecutors reveal his desperation in attempting to unfreeze accounts through various unsuccessful means. In a shocking turn of events, a multi-million dollar bribe was instructed to be given to force the accounts to be freed. Additionally, it seems that he was not above breaking the law to get what he wanted, as he authorized the transfer of almost $41 million in cryptocurrency as a bribe to influence Chinese government officials. The twists and turns in this tale make for a gripping read, and it will be fascinating to see how everything plays out in the end.
As we can understand, the amount of crimes that this ex-CEO and founder of his business did is ubnourmous.As we remember, he is previously accused of illegally using client deposits at the now-defunct FTX to sustain this exchange and Alameda Research operations and activities, fund investments, and profit himself. Authorities further claim that Bankman-Fried sent tens of millions of dollars in unlawful campaign contributions to U.S. politicians of both parties in an attempt to influence cryptocurrency legislation.
So he has pleaded not guilty to an original indictment charging him with stealing billions of dollars from FTX clients and defrauding investors and lenders. He has yet to appear in court on a second indictment charging him with conspiracy to conduct bank fraud and operating an unregistered money-transfer business.