FTX founder in New York federal court docket

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried is due to be sentenced in New York federal court on Thursday for a massive fraud conspiracy that led to the collapse of his cryptocurrency exchange and a related hedge fund.

Federal prosecutors want to sentence Bankman-Fried to a prison sentence of between 40 and 50 years. His defense team asked Manhattan federal Judge Lewis Kaplan to give him a much shorter sentence, between five and six and a half years in prison.

Kaplan presided over the trial that ended in November when a jury found Bankman-Fried, 32, guilty on seven counts and found him responsible for the roughly $10 billion in customer deposits lost in 2022.

The charges included wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud against FTX customers and against lenders to sister hedge fund Alameda Research; Conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit commodities fraud against FTX investors; and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Former FTX CEO and founder Sam Bankman-Fried's mother, Barbara Fried (l), and his father, Joseph Bankman, arrive at Manhattan Federal Court on March 28, 2024, for his sentencing in Manhattan Federal Court to announce in New York City.

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