US prosecutors search to ban SBF from Sign after alleged witness contact

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Federal prosecutors have requested that former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s (SBF) bail situations are modified to forestall additional alleged makes an attempt at influencing witnesses’ testimonies.

Court docket paperwork filed on Jan. 27 revealed that The Division of Justice (DOJ) had requested United States District Court docket Choose Lewis Kaplan to ban Bankman-Fried from speaking with “present or former staff” of FTX or Alameda.

The prosecutors have requested this after they alleged that Bankman-Fried had reached out to Ryne Miller, the present Normal Counsel of FTX US, over Sign and electronic mail on Jan. 15, making an attempt to “affect” Miller’s testimony. The doc quoted:

“I might actually like to reconnect and see if there’s a means for us to have a constructive relationship, use one another as sources when doable, or no less than vet issues with one another.”

The prosecutors additionally requested that Bankman-Fried is banned from utilizing encrypted communication functions. 

“The defendant shall not use any encrypted or ephemeral name or messaging software, together with however not restricted to Sign.”

The doc additional alleged that Bankman-Fried’s use of Sign is in step with “a historical past” of utilizing the appliance for obstructive functions.

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It was beforehand reported in December 2022 that Bankman-Fried denied any involvement or knowledge of a “Wirefraud” group chat on Sign, hours earlier than his arrest by Bahamian police.

The group chat 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, who allegedly used the group to ship secret details about FTX and Alameda within the lead-up to the collapse.

This comes after legal professionals representing FTX within the chapter proceedings had reportedly argued on Jan. 26 that Bankman-Fried’s quick household should face questioning regarding any financial benefits they might have obtained from the alternate.