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Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) Says He Never Thought His Actions Were Illegal

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Key Takeaways

  • FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried claims he didn’t realize his actions were illegal, expressing remorse for his crimes and attributing them to “bad decisions.”
  • Despite claiming ignorance, SBF acknowledges his failure to meet the high standards he set for himself and expresses regret for the losses suffered by others, insisting he never intended harm.
  • SBF has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for charges including fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering, with the possibility of early release contingent on good behavior.

The two-year saga of the FTX collapse finally reached its conclusion with Sam Bankman-Fried’s sentencing. Though prosecutors initially eyed a potential century-long sentence, the former CEO of the once-dominant crypto exchange will serve 25 years in prison.

While the sentence fell short of initial expectations, 25 years is still a very long prison term.  One of the critical factors in sentencing was the judge’s perception of SBF’s lack of remorse.  However, in a post-sentencing interview, SBF maintained that he never intended to break the law.

SBF: “I Never Thought That What I Was Doing Was Illegal”

Defending himself via email to ABC News, Bankman-Fried claimed, “I never thought that what I was doing was illegal.” SBF added, “But I tried to hold myself to a high standard, and I certainly didn’t meet that standard.”

SBF expressed regret for his actions, stating they were a constant source of reflection. He acknowledged that his company’s collapse stemmed from a series of “poor decisions” made in 2022.

To explain the company’s downfall, SBF pointed to the failure to revive FTX’s crypto exchange operations. He argued that if he or another leader had stayed in control, they could have recovered losses and repaid customers in full by now.

Sentencing Remarks

In sentencing remarks, Judge Lewis Kaplan noted inconsistencies in SBF’s testimony, suggesting he may have lied under oath and was evasive when answering specific questions.

The judge further noted that the former CEO’s court appearances lacked any admission of guilt or regret for the alleged crimes. Instead, Bankman-Fried appeared to deflect blame through public statements, criticizing his lawyers and the bankruptcy process for his company’s collapse and investor losses.

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