Bahamas reportedly requested SBF to mint new coin after FTX collapse


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The Bahamas authorities reportedly labored with former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried to challenge a brand new cryptocurrency managed by native officers.

Following the FTX collapse in November, Bahamas authorities officers reportedly requested Bankman-Fried to mint new digital property value “a whole bunch of thousands and thousands of {dollars},” legal professionals for FTX mentioned in a courtroom submitting, Bloomberg reported on Dec. 12. The authorities additionally reportedly requested the previous FTX CEO to switch the brand new tokens to the management of island officers.

The report additionally means that Bahamas officers tried to assist Bankman-Fried regain entry to key laptop techniques of the now-defunct FTX buying and selling platform. In accordance with American legal professionals, Bahamas officers have been “chargeable for directing unauthorized entry” to FTX techniques with a view to take over management of digital property underneath the supervision of a U.S. courtroom.

John J. Ray III, FTX’s new CEO and restructuring expert, reportedly watched as somebody minted new cash whereas he and his staff tried to get management of FTX’s laptop techniques, the report notes.

The legal professionals’ claims additional escalate the battle between FTX restructuring executives in america and officers within the Bahamas. In accordance with U.S. legal professionals, liquidators within the Bahamas requested a U.S. choose for entry to FTX knowledge managed by their American counterparts, together with buying and selling knowledge, e-mail information and different info.

“It’s a request for stay, dynamic entry that may be offered instantly to the federal government of the Bahamas and to Messrs,” the legal professionals reportedly wrote in a courtroom submitting on Tuesday.

To be able to assist their accusations of alleged cooperation between Bahamas authorities and SBF, the American legal professionals talked about that SBF opened withdrawals for all Bahamian purchasers. On Nov. 10, only a day earlier than FTX filed for chapter, the agency mentioned that it began to facilitate withdrawals of Bahamian funds, citing compliance with native laws. The occasion resulted in thousands and thousands of {dollars} value of cryptocurrency leaving the alternate.

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Whereas the brand new report brings extra allegations of shut ties between FTX and authorities officers within the Bahamas, different studies additionally counsel that SBF had connections with the U.S. authorities as effectively. In accordance with some studies, SBF spent about $40 million on supporting Democrats throughout the 2021–2022 political cycle. Tesla CEO Elon Musk speculated that the quantity that SBF really donated to Democratic candidates was over $1 billion.

The information comes shortly after SBF expressed interest in forming a new project with a view to repay as much as $50 billion to FTX’s collectors. The FTX founder was subsequently arrested in the Bahamas on Dec. 12.