Sam Bankman-Fried seeks to reverse determination on contesting extradition: Report

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Sam Bankman-Fried, former FTX CEO, has reportedly reconsidered his earlier determination to contest extradition and is anticipated to look in court docket within the Bahamas on Dec. 19 to hunt a reversal, Reuters reported on Dec. 17 citing an individual aware of the matter. 

By consenting to extradition, Bankman-Fried would have the ability to seem in a United States court docket. He faces expenses of conspiracy to commit wire fraud on clients and lenders, securities fraud, commodities fraud, cash laundering and conspiracy to defraud america and violate the marketing campaign finance regulation.

The transfer follows the Bankman-Fried’s bail denial on Dec. 13 as a result of “danger of flight”. The previous CEO’s legal professionals argued that SBF doesn’t possess a felony report and was affected by despair and insomnia. A second utility for bail was reportedly filed in the Bahamas Supreme Courtroom on Dec. 15.

If convicted, Bankman-Fried might get 115 years in jail. Nevertheless, there’s a “lot to play out” within the case till he will get a closing sentence inside the subsequent few months and even years, legal commentators told Cointelegraph.

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A former federal prosecutor, Mark Cohen, has been employed by the previous FTX CEO to behave as his protection lawyer. As reported by Cointelegraph, Cohen is the co-founder of the regulation agency Cohen & Gresser, and was a member of the protection workforce in Ghislaine Maxwell’s high-profile baby trafficking case.

​​Bankman-Fried is being held in Fox Hill Prison, the one jail within the Bahamas. In keeping with a US State Division report launched in 2021, Fox Hill circumstances had been “harsh” and overcrowded, with poor sanitation and vitamin. Detainees had been alleged to have been bodily abused by correctional officers.

Ex-CEO of Alameda Analysis, a sister firm of FTX, Caroline Ellison, has also formed a defense team. Stephanie Avakian, a former high crypto regulator with america Securities and Trade Fee (SEC) will characterize Ellison in an ongoing federal probe. Avakain is at the moment chair of the Securities and Monetary Companies on the regulation agency WilmerHale. In her function on the SEC, she expanded cryptocurrency oversight on the Enforcement Division.