Bankman-Fried, 31, faces a trial set for Oct. 2 on charges of stealing billions of dollars in FTX customer funds to plug losses at his Alameda Research hedge fund, and making large illegal political donations to buy influence in Washington, D.C.
Overall more than $3.2 billion was transferred through payments and loans to company founders and key employees, FTX said in a statement on Wednesday.
The decision to shutter the bank comes after the company warned last week that it was evaluating its ability to operate as a going concern, disclosing that it had sold additional debt securities this year at a loss and that further losses mean the bank could be “less than well capitalized.”
Bankman-Fried has pleaded not guilty to charges that he cheated investors and looted customer deposits at FTX, his cryptocurrency platform.
Nishad Singh was the former co-lead engineer of FTX Trading Ltd. He is facing federal charges for his role in a multiyear scheme to defraud equity investors in FTX, the crypto trading platform started by Singh along with Samuel Bankman-Fried and Gary Wang.
Nishad Singh, an Indian-origin, ex Facebook employee was part of Sam Bankman-Fried’s inner circle that ran his crypto empire from a luxury penthouse in the Bahamas.
FTX Japan said its customers could withdraw assets through the website of Liquid Japan, a crypto exchange it bought in February last year.
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The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan has created a special task force to pursue its investigation into the collapse of FTX, the crypto exchange founded by Bankman-Fried.
The ruling by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan came after federal prosecutors in Manhattan said FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried might tamper with witnesses or destroy evidence in his criminal fraud case.
FTX and Voyager both filed for bankruptcy amid a 2022 collapse in cryptocurrency markets, but Voyager's bankruptcy preceded FTX's filing by four months.
In a letter to U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan, prosecutors also asked that a bail condition that prevents Bankman-Fried from accessing or transferring assets at FTX and his Alameda Research hedge fund be left in place.
Federal prosecutors are trying to prohibit FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried from privately contacting current and former employees of the bankrupt cryptocurrency.
The development comes after the DeFi startup had in November last year informed that it has "moved out" its funds FTX, which recently became bankrupt.
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Bankman-Fried has pleaded not guilty to an eight-count indictment, including fraud and campaign finance law violations. He is accused of using FTX customer funds to prop up trading at Alameda, pay for personal expenses and real estate
John Ray, who took over the reins in November, has set up a task force to explore restarting FTX.com, the company's main international exchange, he said in an interview with the WSJ.
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FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been accused of stealing billions of dollars from FTX customers to pay debts incurred by his crypto-focused hedge fund
Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX founder, lost his billionaire status overnight last November as his personal wealth plummeted nearly 94 per cent to $991.5 million in a single day.
The Singapore-based company's announcement comes amid concerns about reserves and solvency across the sector, and only a few days after rival exchanges Coinbase Global Inc and Huobi announced their plans to lay off about 20% of their staff.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan in December said Bankman-Fried stole billions of dollars from FTX customers to pay debts for his crypto-focused hedge fund, Alameda Research, purchase lavish real estate, and donate to U.S. political campaigns.
FTX filed for bankruptcy in November after a run on customer deposits exposed an $8 billion hole in its accounts.
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The $5 billion recovered does not include assets seized by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas, where Sam Bankman-Fried was located, said Andy Dietderich, an attorney for FTX.