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Founder of FTX Cryptocurrency Exchange, Sam Bankman-Fried, to Stand Trial on Theft Charges

Bankman-Fried's case is considered one of the highest-profile cases brought against a former cryptocurrency executive by US prosecutors.

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of the now-bankrupt FTX cryptocurrency exchange, is set to go on trial on charges of embezzling billions of dollars from FTX customers. The trial is scheduled to start nearly a year after FTX’s bankruptcy, which sent shockwaves through the cryptocurrency market. Bankman-Fried has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of fraud and conspiracy, and he has denied stealing funds.

Federal prosecutors allege that Bankman-Fried embezzled funds from FTX customers to support his hedge fund, Alameda Research, buy luxury properties, and make political donations. The trial will begin with the selection of a 12-member jury to weigh the competing narratives. Bankman-Fried’s defense is expected to challenge the credibility of witnesses, including former members of his inner circle who have pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

Bankman-Fried’s case is considered one of the highest-profile cases brought against a former cryptocurrency executive by US prosecutors. His indictment in December marked a significant fall from grace for the entrepreneur, who had previously built a reputation as a legitimate operator in the cryptocurrency industry.

Bankman-Fried has been detained since August 11, after a judge found evidence of witness tampering, including sharing personal writings of a former romantic partner, Caroline Ellison. The trial is expected to last up to six weeks and will include testimony from cooperating witnesses who have pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

This case highlights the legal challenges and controversies surrounding cryptocurrency exchanges and their founders.

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