The court named two anonymous Bankman-Fried guarantors


Two Stanford University professors were previously unknown guarantors of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Freed on a $250 million bail. The Block.

According to court documents, former law school dean Larry Kramer signed a $500,000 bond and senior fellow Andreas Pepke signed $200,000.

The main amount of the deposit was provided by the parents of the founder of the exchange – Joe Bankman and Barbara Fried, who also taught at the educational institution.

Initially, the names of two anonymous guarantors were removed from the documents. Bankman-Fried’s lawyers argued this with issues of confidentiality and security of guarantors.

About revealing their names in January media group solicited. The law firm Davis Wright Tremaine filed a corresponding statement on behalf of the Associated Press, Bloomberg, Financial Times, CNBC, Reuters, Insider, publishers of the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

Among the arguments were the severity of the charges against Bankman-Fried and public outcry.

At the end of the month, Judge Lewis Kaplan granted the motion. Since the defendant’s lawyers had the right to challenge the decision, it entered into force on 14 February.

On December 12, 2022, the Bahamas authorities arrested the founder and ex-CEO of FTX at the request of the US government. As part of the investigation into the collapse of the stock exchange, US prosecutors charged him with eight criminal offenses. Bankman-Fried pleaded not guilty.

On December 23, the court released him on $250 million bail. Prosecutors later requested a change in the conditions of Bankman-Freed’s house arrest. Law enforcement officers suspected him of using the Signal messenger to send encrypted messages to a witness. Next, he was caught using a VPN.

Larry Kramer, in a commentary to The Block, noted that he decided to act as a guarantor “for personal reasons.”

“Since the mid-1990s, Joe Bankman and Barbara Freed have been close friends of mine and my wife. In the past two years, when my family faced a debilitating battle with cancer, they remained the most sincere friends, providing all kinds of material and moral support. We decided to support them when they faced their own crisis,” said the teacher.

Kramer added that he had no “interests in the case under consideration” and was not ready to comment on it or express any position.

Recall that in February, the court postponed consideration of two civil lawsuits by regulators against the founder of Bankman-Fried until the completion of the criminal case against him.

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