Founder and former CEO of bankrupt FTX exchange, Sam Bankman-Fried, will again plead not guilty to recent charges brought against him by US prosecutors, which include unlawful political donations and alleged bribery of Chinese officials.
He is scheduled to stand trial for various criminal charges in October.
Bankman-Fried to Plead Not Guilty to 13-Count Charges
According to Reuters on Thursday (March 30, 2023), an anonymous source said that Sam Bankman-Fried is planning to enter a not-guilty plea to 13 new criminal charges, including bribing Chinese government officials and violating campaign finance laws.
In February 2023, a superseding indictment alleged that Bankman-Fried conspired with two FTX executives to make more than 300 political donations worth tens of millions of dollars, which crossed the limit for individual campaign contributions. According to the indictment, illegal donations were done using straw donors or corporate funds.
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) later slammed another lawsuit against SBF in March, claiming that the former billionaire bribed Chinese government officials with $40 million to unfreeze Alameda Research’s accounts. The accounts, which were frozen around November 2021, held over $1 billion in crypto, according to the DoJ.