Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman Fried in a recent appearance at the Dealbook summit discusses his journey from once hailed as the poster child of responsible crypto to facing fraudulent charges over FTX collapse. Notably, after media reports disclosed anomalies in the company’s balance accounts. On November 11, the FTX applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware.
SBF doesn’t see himself behind the bars
SBF in an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin at the Dealbook Summit accepted that he “didn’t do a good job” of upholding his obligations to regulators, customers, and investors. Former FTX CEO said he did not commit any fraud in addition to this he stated he sees it as a thriving business.
On the question of criminal liability, SBF stated he believes he did not do anything wrong and completely denies it. FTX’s former CEO claims Alameda had paid back all credit lines to several borrowing departments. Notably, as per the court filing, Almeda still owes more than $670 million to BlocFi. In an interview, SBF also cleared up the reason behind deleting tweets on having enough money to cover client assets. SBF said he removed it because he believed the thought to be false.
SBF accepts he was nervous after disclosure of Alameda balance sheet
SBF also confirms that after the disclosure of Alameda balance sheet in the media reports he was nervous but he anticipated that the damage would be contained to that company and not result in a “existential” catastrophe for FTX.
On question why Almeda even had to access consumer funds, SBF responded “I wasn’t running Alameda, I didn’t know precisely what was happening, and I didn’t know the size of their position. “Many of them are things I’ve learnt over the last month in the weeks before declaring bankruptcy”
Notably, FTX was previously heralded as the face of responsible cryptocurrency. Regulators and lawmakers looked to Bankman-Fried as the future of cryptocurrency regulation; this was a reputation that Bankman-Fried developed through appearances before Congress and deepened through substantial political donations.
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