FTX creator needs the court to discard all the expenses

May 10, 2023: Sam Bankman-Fried, who has long denied stealing from customers of his FTX cryptocurrency exchange, said prosecutors charged him with “troubling” haste and asked a U.S. judge to throw out 10 of the 13 criminal counts against him on Monday.

In a filing in Manhattan federal court, Bankman-Fried’s lawyers said now-bankrupt FTX was far from the only cryptocurrency company to collapse during a broad market crash in 2022 and that prosecutors hastily charged their client in a “rush to judgment.”

“Rather than wait for traditional civil and regulatory processes following their ordinary course to address the situation, the Government jumped in with both feet, improperly seeking to turn these civil and regulatory issues into federal crimes,” his lawyers wrote.

Bankman-Fried, a 31-year-old former billionaire, rode a boom in Bitcoin and other digital assets to accumulate an estimated net value of $26 billion and became an influential political and philanthropic donor before FTX declared bankruptcy in November.

He has pleaded not guilty doing and conspiracy.

The exchange imploded after a flurry of customer withdrawals after reports it had commingled assets with Alameda Research, Bankman-Fried’s crypto-focused hedge fund.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said Bankman-Fried misled FTX investors and lenders and stole billions of dollars in customer funds to plug losses at Alameda, buy real estate, and make political contributions through an illegal straw-donor scheme. They have also charged him with bribing Chinese officials.

Ahead of a scheduled Oct. 2 trial, his lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan to order prosecutors to turn regarding any documents in FTX’s possession that could help the defence, arguing prosecutors were only asking the company for information that enables its case.

“The FTX Debtors have worked so extensively with the Government, and are so enmeshed in the investigation, analysis, and strategy of the Government’s case, that they must take part of the ‘prosecution team’,” his lawyers wrote.

Prosecutors have until May 29 to respond to Bankman-Fried’s dismissal request, and Kaplan will hear arguments on June 15.

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