Hours earlier than his arrest, SBF denied being a part of ‘Wirefraud’ chat group
Merely hours earlier than information of his arrest by Bahamian police, Sam Bankman-Fried took to Twitter denying his involvement or data of a secret group chat named “Wirefraud” — which allegedly concerned former FTX and Alameda rating executives.
In a Dec. 12 response to a report from the Australian Monetary Assessment (AFR), Bankman-Fried used Twitter to disclaim involvement in or data of a “Wirefraud” group chat on messaging app Sign, which reportedly included members of Bankman-Fried’s internal circle, together with FTX co-founder Zixiao “Gary” Wang, FTX engineer Nishad Singh and former Alameda CEO Caroline Ellison.
The AFR report mentioned the chat was used to ship secret details about FTX and Alameda’s operations within the lead-up to its failure.
Bankman-Fried nonetheless mentioned on Twitter that if the group chat was “true” he “wasn’t a member” and was “fairly certain it is simply false” as he had “by no means heard of such a bunch.”
If that is true then I wasn’t a member of that internal circle
(I am fairly certain it is simply false; I’ve by no means heard of such a bunch)
— SBF (@SBF_FTX) December 12, 2022
Sam Bankman-Fried was, till very lately, expected to appear remotely earlier than a United States Home Committee listening to on Dec. 13 to elucidate the collapse of the FTX alternate, however was taken into custody by Bahamian authorities on Dec. 12 with extradition to the U.S. more likely to observe.
Committee Chair Maxine Waters on Dec. 12 later confirmed that it “will be unable to listen to” his testimony on the Home Committees listening to as a result of arrest.
Bankman-Fried was additionally requested to attend a separate listening to on Dec. 14 with the Senate Committee on Banking however had by no means confirmed his attendance, whereas his legal professionals had reportedly refused to just accept a subpoena compelling his testimony, in line with a Dec. 12 joint statement from Senators Sherrod Brown and Pat Toomey.
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Chief restructuring officer and FTX CEO John Ray in written testimony earlier than his look on the Home Committee listening to mentioned FTX buyer property have been “commingled” with Alameda’s.
Ray asserted Alameda “used consumer funds to interact in margin buying and selling which uncovered buyer funds to huge losses” and the buying and selling agency’s enterprise mannequin required it to deploy these funds to “varied […] exchanges which have been inherently unsafe.”