Indictment against SBF unsealed, contains 8 counts of financial and elections fraud


The indictment against Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) was unsealed Dec. 13. The indictment, signed by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams, is 14 pages long and containe eight counts. 

The charges listed against SBF in the indictment are: Conspiracy to commit wire fraud on customers, wire fraud on customers, conspiracy to commit wire fraud on lenders, wire fraud on lenders, conspiracy to commit commodities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering anconspiracy to defraud the United States and violate the campaign finance laws. 

As a result of the first four and the seventh counts, SBF is required to forfeit “any and all property, real and personal, that constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to the commission of said offenses.” If that is not possible the United States will “seek forfeiture of any other property of the defendant up to the value of the above forfeitable property.”

Only SBF is named in the indictment, although it also refers to “individuals known and unknown.”

The indictment thus combines charges relating to the operation of FTX and Alameda Research with SBF’s political activities. The charges under the eighth count include violating laws on contributions, obstructing the Federal Election Commission’s functions, making contributions in the name of others and contributions made by organization prohibited to do so under federal law.

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SBF was arrested in the Bahamas on Dec. 12 at the request of the U.S. government. The arrest was a surprise to the House Financial Services Committee, which expected SBF to testify remotely at a hearing on the morning of Dec. 13. A copy of his intended testimony has been leaked online. The charges in the indictment are serious, but SBF is expected to face charges from many other sources as well. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission  and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have also filed charges against SBF, and he may face charges in U.S. states and in other jurisdictions.