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Sam Bankman-Fried Needs New Defense Besides ‘Sorry,’ Lawyers Say

  • FTX founder has described exchange’s collapse as unintentional
  • Legal experts say that won’t cut it against criminal charges
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Sam Bankman-Fried Planning to Drop Extradition Fight

For weeks, FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been previewing a possible defense to criminal charges over the cryptocurrency exchange’s collapse: I made mistakes but I didn’t mean to do it.

But that’s probably not going to cut it now that he’s been arrested in the Bahamas and charged by federal prosecutors in New York, several lawyers not involved in his defense said. According to the indictment unsealed Tuesday, Bankman-Fried, 30, defrauded FTX customers and investors by using at least $1.8 billion of their money for personal expenses and risky bets by its sister trading firm, Alameda Research.