• US prosecutors allege Sam Bankman-Fried tried to influence FTX US general counsel Ryne Miller.
  • The former FTX CEO allegedly contacted Miller via encrypted instant messaging platform Signal and email.
  • Prosecutors have banned SBF from using Signal and other apps, and have asked them not to contact former FTX and Alameda employees.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested a ban on Sam Bankman-Fried over allegations that the former FTX CEO contacted witnesses in an attempt to influence testimony.

and court documentIn response to a federal prosecutor’s filing on Friday, the DOJ has applied to amend the bail conditions for Bankman-Fried to keep him out of contact with potential witnesses.

Specifically, the prosecution asked U.S. District Judge Lweis Kaplan to impose conditions restricting Bankman-Fried’s communications.

SBF tried to ‘influence’ witness testimony, DOJ says

DOJ alleges Bankman-Fried attempted to influence FTX US general counsel Ryne Miller through communications sent on January 15, 2023.

Miller was potentially designated Witness-1, and the government said SBF sent emails to Miller and contacted him via Signal, suggesting that they attempted to influence witness testimony. I sent you a message to

Here are some of the messages sent to witnesses:I’d love to see if there’s a way to reconnect and have a constructive relationship, use each other as a resource if possible, or at least vette things with each other.

In documents filed by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damien Williams, the prosecution alleges:

Defendant’s request to “scrutinize things with each other” suggests an effort to influence Witness-1’s potential testimony; It is implied that it must be matched with the defendant. .,”

Prosecutors also allege Bankman-Fried contacted other FTX employees who could be witnesses in the trial.

According to the filing, SBF should be prohibited from contacting current or former employees of FTX and Alameda, except by attorney. And while he can communicate with close relatives, federal prosecutors want the former FTX executive banned from using encrypted messaging apps, including his Signal.

Defendants are alleged to be able to evade pretrial surveillance by using Signal or similar encrypted messaging apps. The DOJ added that being able to circumvent bail restrictions could also allow defendants to successfully obstruct justice.

Bankman-Fried faces multiple charges related to the collapse of the FTX crypto exchange. He is on $250 million bail awaiting trial.

By Jules

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