Sam Bankman-Fried is finally getting his day in court this week, where he is facing 12 charges spanning wire fraud and conspiracy, money laundering, and securities fraud. I laid out all the key facts you need to know about SBF and the collapse of his business empire, including details on some of the expected witnesses who will take the stand. Caroline Ellison, former co-CEO of Alameda Research, FTX co-founder and CTO Gary Wang, and Nishad Singh, FTX co-founder and former head of engineering, are slated to testify against their former boss. The trial is expected to last up to six weeks in a Southern District of New York Court. In opening statements, SBF’s defense said he acted in good faith and didn’t steal from anyone, while the prosecution said he purposely built his empire on lies to profit billions.
Federal prosecutors did not offer SBF a plea deal. If this trial doesn’t go his way, he’s facing up to 115 years in prison.
P.S. — I’m about 30% through Michael Lewis’s highly-anticipated book about SBF, Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon. I have a lot of thoughts, but preliminary, Lewis paints SBF as a misunderstood genius who often found himself disconnected from people and the world around him. While this might be true, that doesn’t give him a pass to be an alleged criminal.