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FTX Ex-Executive Turns Whistleblower, Negotiating To Plead Guilty With Prosecutors

The latest updates on the FTX exchange court case have revealed that a former executive of the collapsed exchange has agreed to cooperate with the investigation officials and release vital information about the corrupt conduct of the FTX executive in exchange for a guilty plea with the prosecutors.

According to the report, Ryan Salame, the former co-CEO of FTX alongside Sam Bankman-Fried, has agreed to the role of a whistleblower in the ongoing FTX collapse investigation as he reveals insider information relating to the misconduct of FTX officials. In exchange, he seeks to plead guilty to the allegations.

Furthermore, the report revealed that the charges are connected to the failure of the crypto exchange, FTX, which shook the crypto industry to its roots when it occurred. Speculators following the lawsuit commented that Salame would likely enter a play by September with possible allegations, including breaches of campaign finance rules.

But, the details of the possible plea deal between Salame and the prosecutors are unknown; also, it is not sure if Salame would collaborate with the prosecuting attorneys by testifying against Sam Bankman-Fried, the co-founder of FTX.

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Before, it was reported that some of Salame’s former coworkers, including Caroline Ellison, Gary Wang, and Nishad Singh, had pleaded guilty to the allegations leveled against them for their role in the multibillion-dollar crime that caused the collapse of the FTX exchange in November 2022. They have all agreed to testify against Sam Bankmam-Fried in the upcoming hearing.

Salame Funded His Girlfriend’s Political Campaign In 2022

In addition, Salame reportedly played a major role in promoting the political donation activity of FTX; hence, his potential guilty plea would go a long way in identifying the pressure on SBF as his trial in October draws near.

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Furthermore, the report revealed that Salame, who had once chaired the FTX branch in the Bahamas, was heavily scrutinized for suspicious regulatory violations and criminal activities. The former CEO reportedly became a target of regulators when he started spending extensively on political activities.

Salame reportedly donated a whopping #$24 million to the Republican candidates before FTX collapsed. Notably, Michelle Bond, Salame’s girlfriend, was apparently one of the benefactors of the donations as she contested for a NY congressional post during the Republican Primary election in 2022.

According to the data from the Federal Election Commission, Salame sent thousands of dollars to Bond. She also received more donations from other FTX executives, such as Daniel Fredberg, the former CRO of FTX.

The reports revealed that in March, the FBI agents (Federal Bureau of Investigation), have confiscated the mobile phones of Salame and Bond from their residence in Maryland. Salame reportedly made massive investments by buying five eateries in Massachusetts worth more than $6 million just after joining Alameda Research in 2019

Would Salame Testify Against Sam Bankman-Fried?

Due to these acts, the prosecutors accused SBF of donating massively to the political sector via his executives to influence the political views of crypto in Washington D.C.

Meanwhile, there are five allegations against Sam which he denied and pleaded not guilty to. These charges have been set apart from his October fraud trial and are scheduled for 2024. Furthermore, the plaintiff’s counsel has dropped an allegation on campaign finance but also stated in a recent letter that the government would still charge him for illegal campaign finance conspiracy.

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The indictment to replace the dropped charge would be presented to the court by next week, and it is expected to link the campaign finance gifts with the fraud and money laundering allegations in the lawsuit.

After the prosecutors and bankruptcy investigators had closely investigated assets owned by some former executives of the failed FTX exchange, they alleged these assets were purchased with mismanaged customers’ funds. Interestingly, FTX bankruptcy managers reached out to beneficiaries of the political donations executed by SBF, Nihad Singh, and Salame in February, requesting a refund.

Astbelawsuit progress, the future of FTX, and the general crypto industry could be hugely impacted by the decision of Ryan Salame to negotiate with the prosecutors by testifying against Sam Bankman-Fried, or not.


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