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FTX CEO SBF Ordered to Appear in Court Amidst Celsius Connection Probe

Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the former CEO of FTX, has been ordered to appear in court by US Judge Lewis Kaplan on February 21, 2024. This move comes in response to concerns raised by prosecutors regarding potential conflicts of interest in SBF’s legal representation, adding a layer of intrigue to the unfolding drama.

At the heart of the matter is the shared legal counsel between SBF and former Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky. Lawyers from Mukasey Young LLP, a well-known New York-based firm, are involved in both cases, prompting prosecutors to raise questions about intertwined legal narratives.

To address these concerns, on February 7, 2024, Judge Analisa Torres issued a court order, compelling Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) to appear in a Curcio hearing on 21 Feb 2024. However, this hearing is important because it aims to find out what SBF knew about the Mukasey Young LLP lawyers in his and the Celsius crypto cases.

Earlier Prosecutors say Mashinsky partly blamed SBF for Celsius collapsing. They claim that FTX’s sister crypto hedge fund, Alameda Research, didn’t pay back a Celsius loan. This could lead to lawyers having conflicting defense strategies.

The prosecutors said, “The relationship between Alameda Research and Celsius creates the potential for conflicts in several respects.”

Last year, SBF faced legal consequences, with a jury finding him guilty on seven counts of fraud. Currently in custody and awaiting sentencing, SBF’s legal challenges take a new turn with this recent court order. 

Simultaneously, Mashinsky, whose crypto loan company collapsed before the downfall of FTX, is slated to face legal proceedings in September 2024.

FTX Saga Nearing END

As the legal chapters unfold, the FTX saga inches toward closure. After Bankman-Fried’s sentencing in March, Judge Kaplan will decide the fate of former FTX and Alameda employees. People like Nishadh Singh, Gary Wang, and Caroline Ellison, who testified against SBF, are hoping for lighter punishments.

Meanwhile, the FTX bankruptcy team switched from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7, meaning the company is heading towards closure and won’t restart after the legal process.

However, Sam Bankman-Fried’s appearance in court takes center stage, promising further twists and turns in a narrative that continues to captivate the legal and crypto communities alike.

Source: https://coinpedia.org/news/ftx-ceo-sbf-ordered-to-appear-in-court-amidst-celsius-connection-probe/

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