Prosecutors Seek 50-Year Prison Sentence for Sam Bankman-Fried


Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the former CEO of the collapsed FTX exchange, is facing sentencing later this month. Prosecutors have submitted a memorandum to the court, recommending a prison sentence of 40 to 50 years.

Reasons for the Sentence Recommendation

  • SBF masterminded a massive fraudulent scheme, comparable to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
  • The magnitude and duration of SBF’s financial misdeeds warrant a severe sentence to deter others.
  • SBF has shown no remorse for his actions.

Defense’s Position

SBF’s legal counsel proposes a sentence of 5 to 6.5 years, emphasizing rehabilitation over punishment.

Potential New Exchange

Prosecutors allege that SBF has considered launching a new cryptocurrency exchange called “Archangel LTD.” They also suggest that he has explored image-laundering tactics.


Prosecutors argue that SBF deserves a “severe sanction” commensurate with his role in the FTX fraud. They believe a 40 to 50-year prison sentence is appropriate.