SBF charged with bribing Chinese government officials with $40M

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Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the former CEO of FTX, has been charged with bribery in the U.S.

The latest court filing reviewed by CryptoSlate shows U.S. prosecutors charged SBF with violating anti-bribery laws. SBF reportedly authorized and directed a bribe of at least $40 million to one or more Chinese officials in order to unfreeze Alameda’s trading accounts.

Chinese authorities froze Alameda’s crypto trading accounts on two of China’s largest exchanges in 2021. The court filing doesn’t name the exchanges but states that the accounts collectively contained over $1 billion worth of cryptocurrencies. The accounts were frozen as part of an ongoing investigation into one of Alameda’s trading counterparts.

After months of unsuccessful attempts to unfreeze the accounts, SBF reportedly transferred around $40 million worth of cryptocurrencies from Alameda’s main trading account to a private cryptocurrency wallet.

At the same time as the payment, the accounts were unfrozen — which was followed by an additional transfer of tens of millions of dollars.

The indictment charges SBF with thirteen counts, including violating anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The filing calls for the arrangement of a court hearing so SBF can be arraigned on the new indictment.

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