Relatives of disgraced crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried have reportedly called the rodent-infested Bahamian prison where he is being held and asked if he could get vegan meals.
The founder of the collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX, which was charged this week with multiple financial crimes — has his own room in the maximum security section of the Bahamian lockup which is known to be infested with rats and worms, unnamed sources told Bloomberg.
Bankman-Fried’s relatives called the Fox Hill jail in Nassau Tuesday night to request that vegan meals be provided for her, a source told the outlet.
Bankman-Fried, 30, known in crypto circles by his initials, SBF, was ordered Tuesday early to stay in the notorious jail until February 8 for his extradition hearing.
he was arrested this week in multiple positions stemming from allegations that he misled FTX clients and investors to enrich himself and others.
He is unable to receive visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions at the jail, a site a warden once described as “unfit for humanity.”
A damning human rights report produced by the State Department last year indicated that inmates at the Bahamas’ only correctional facility were forced to scoop up human waste in buckets and were confined in crowded, vermin-infested cells.
This is a long way from the luxury compound where Bankman-Fried had been hiding out. before his arrest on Monday.
Bankman-Fried’s lawyers asked a judge Tuesday to release him on $250.00 cash bail, with the former FTX mogul citing his vegan diet and apparent diagnosis of attention deficit disorder (ADD) that required him to taking medication as reasons to let you off the hook.
It is unknown at this time which of Bankman-Fried’s family members called the jail to ensure her dietary preferences were met, or if her request was granted.
The parents of the accused crypto scammer, Stanford law professors Joseph Bankman and Barbara Friedattended the court hearing and exchanged hugs with her son after Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt refused to set bail for him.
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Bankman-Fried’s legal team signaled its intention to fight extradition to the US, where he faces eight federal charges, including wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy, punishable by up to 115 years in prison.
Federal prosecutors said Bankman-Fried devised “a scheme and artifice to defraud” FTX clients and investors beginning in 2019, the year it was founded.
He illegally siphoned off his money to cover expenses, debts and risky transactions at the cryptocurrency hedge fund that he started in 2017, Alameda Research, and to make lavish real estate purchases and large political donations, prosecutors said in a 13-page indictment.
FTX filed for bankruptcy on November 1. On February 11, when he ran out of money after the cryptocurrency equivalent of a bank run.
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