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FTX Co-Founder Sam Bankman-Fried Seeks Removal of Bail Restrictions on Crypto Asset Transfers

• by Jamie Redman

Bankman-Fried's Legal Team Argues for Removal of 2 Bail Conditions

In a letter to the Southern District of New York (SDNY) judge Lewis Kaplan, Sam Bankman-Fried's attorney, Mark Cohen, explains that his team believes Bankman-Fried's current bail conditions are unfair and should be removed. Bankman-Fried was indicted by a federal grand jury in Manhattan and faces eight charges, including wire fraud, conspiracy to commit commodities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the Federal Election Commission, and campaign finance violations.

The former FTX CEO was released on bail and the court's Judge Kaplan imposed certain bail restrictions on Bankman-Fried. For instance, the defendant has been remanded to his parents' home in California with a government-monitored ankle bracelet. Cohen, a white-shoe lawyer who represented Ghislaine Maxwell during her recent sex trafficking case, requests that "two additions" be removed from Bankman-Fried's bail conditions. The first is that Bankman-Fried is currently prohibited from speaking with Caroline Ellison, Gary Wang, Nishad Singh, two redacted witnesses, and George Lerner (Bankman-Fried's therapist).

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