Prosecutors seized $700 million from FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried

Samuel Bankman-Fried is processed by the Royal Bahamas Police Force following his arrest.

Federal prosecutors seized nearly $700 million in assets in January, from FTX cryptocurrency exchange founder Sam Bankman-Fried, largely in the form of Robinhood stock, according to a court filing.

Bankman-Fried, who has been accused of stealing billions of dollars from FTX customers to pay debts incurred by his hedge fund, has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges. He is scheduled to face trial in October.

The Department of Justice revealed the seizure of Robinhood shares earlier this month, but it provided a more complete list of seized assets Friday, including cash held at various banks and assets deposited at crypto exchange Binance.

The ownership of the seized Robinhood shares, valued at about $525 million, has been the subject of disputes between Bankman-Fried, FTX, and bankrupt crypto lender BlockFi.

The most recent asset seizure reported by the DOJ took place on Thursday, when prosecutors seized $94.5 million in cash from an account at Silvergate Bank which was associated with FTX Digital Markets, FTX’s subsidiary in the Bahamas. The DOJ seized more than $7 million from other Silvergate accounts associated with Bankman-Fried and FTX.

The DOJ previously seized nearly $50 million from an FTX Digital Markets account at Moonstone Bank, a small bank in Washington state.

DOJ also said that assets in three Binance accounts associated with Bankman-Fried were subject to criminal forfeiture, but did not provide an estimate of the value in those accounts.

Bankman-Fried is free on a personal recognizance bond of $250 million, although he appears to be in a position where he would have no assets after his potential criminal conviction and civil prosecution.

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