Cryptocurrency entrepreneur Sam Bankman-Fried awaits a decision on whether he will be held in jail leading up to his multi-billion dollar fraud trial.
Federal prosecutors accuse him of witness tampering by leaking private writings of his ex-girlfriend and co-conspirator to The New York Times, intending to discredit her and influence the jury pool. Manhattan Federal Court Judge Lewis Kaplan has ordered Bankman-Fried to return to New York City from his house arrest in California to hear further arguments on the prosecutors’ motion.
Bankman-Fried’s defense argues that his confinement in jail would hinder their ability to prepare for trial due to the extensive paperwork and limited technology access. If convicted at his October trial, Bankman-Fried faces a potentially lengthy prison sentence.