Sam Bankman-Fried, the former FTX CEO, has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with defrauding American clients and concealing the misappropriation of their assets.
Sam Bankman-Fried, the creator of the now-defunct crypto exchange FTX, was charged with civil securities fraud by the U.S. authorities. He was taken into custody on Monday evening at his residence in the Bahamas.
Now the SEC accuses him of misrepresenting the financial standing of the cryptocurrency exchange and its sister platform, Alameda Research, to large investors who poured close to $2 billion in FTX in recent years.
SEC: SBF deceived clients
Amid the arrest, the SEC also claimed that Bankman-Fried deceived clients by receiving billions of dollars to trade cryptocurrencies on FTX while claiming that doing so was secure. The securities regulator, however, contended that consumer funds were mixed with company assets at Alameda and used to support investments in outside businesses, purchase real estate, and make political payments.
Gary Gensler, the head of the SEC, said in a statement that Sam Bankman-Fried created a house of cards on a foundation of lies while promising investors that it was one of the safest structures in crypto.
Restrictions put on SBF
According to the SEC, Bankman-Fried is accused of breaking the anti-fraud provisions the U.S. law. The regulator calls for disgorgement of unjustified Bankman-Fried’s profits, a civil fine, an officer and director bar, and injunctions against further violations of the securities laws. Moreover, the officials want to ban him from participating in issuing, purchasing, offering, or sale of securities other than for his account.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York also announced charges against Bankman-Fried.