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Sam Bankman-Fried’s Parents File for Dismissal in FTX Fraudulent Transfer Case

Ruholamin Haqshanas
Last updated: | 2 min read
Sam Bankman-Fried’s Parents File for Dismissal in FTX Fraudulent Transfer Case
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The parents of Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced founder of FTX, are seeking to have the lawsuit filed against them dismissed. They are arguing that they had no involvement in any alleged fraudulent transfers or breaches of fiduciary duties.

Lawyers representing Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried filed a motion on Monday, stating that the plaintiffs, who are debtors of FTX and Alameda Research, are attempting to exploit the fact that Bankman-Fried is their son.

The attorneys representing Bankman and Fried emphasized that their relationship with the debtor entities is not grounds for legal action.

They pointed out that neither defendant held any executive roles and had only limited interactions with the Debtor entities.

The lawsuit was initially filed by FTX in September 2023, seeking to recover damages caused by alleged fraudulent transfers, breaches of fiduciary duties, and other misconduct.

According to the plaintiffs, Bankman and Fried used their access and influence within the FTX enterprise to enrich themselves at the expense of the debtors.

They claimed that Bankman described Alameda as a “family business” and used funds provided by the debtors to purchase a luxury property in The Bahamas known as “Blue Water” or “Old Fort Bay” worth $16.4 million.

Sam Bankman-Fried Parents Deny Allegations

Bankman and Fried have vehemently denied these allegations.

They argued that Bankman’s familial relationship and communications with Bankman-Fried did not make Bankman a de facto director of Alameda or FTX US.

The attorneys emphasized that the lawsuit failed to establish that Blue Water was their primary or exclusive residence and pointed out that many FTX Group operations and business properties were located in the Bahamas at the relevant time.

The lawsuit also claimed that Bankman and Fried pushed for substantial political and charitable contributions, including donations to Stanford University, in an attempt to enhance their professional and social standing at the expense of the FTX Group.

In response, the parents’ lawyers dismissed this allegation as legally insignificant, noting that the lawsuit did not establish that Bankman or Fried personally benefited from the donations.

New FTX Management Seeks Capital

Meanwhile, FTX’s new management has been trying to reclaim funds disbursed prior to its Chapter 11 filing in November of the previous year.

For one, the company has initiated legal action against Kives and his venture capital firm, K5, to recover the estimated $700 million Bankman-Fried had invested in it. 

The complaint claims that Bankman-Fried was a “profligate patron” who sent millions to Kives, K5 Global, and Baum after he attended a social event hosted by Kives in 2022.

More recently, FTX’s bankruptcy advisers filed a lawsuit against Bybit Fintech to recover $953 million worth of cash and digital assets that were withdrawn from the exchange prior to its Chapter 11 filing a year ago.

As reported, US prosecutors have decided not to pursue the remaining charges against Sam Bankman-Fried, including allegations of foreign bribery and bank fraud.

However, the dropped charge of unlawful political donations has sparked significant concern within the crypto community, given Bankman-Fried’s well-documented contributions to politicians from both major parties.

Prosecutors had claimed that Bankman-Fried used customer funds to the tune of $100 million for political donations.