FTX founder Bankman-Fried sent back to Bahamas jail

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was sent back to a Bahamas jail Monday after a reported plan for him to waive his extradition to the US stalled. Reports over the weekend indicated that Bankman-Fried would consent to extradition, but the former crypto billionaire told a different story Monday, demanding to see a copy of his federal indictment before agreeing to return to the US He will return to Fox Hill jail rather than surrendering himself to US custody. Bankman-Fried’s legal team indicated that they would fight extradition last week. CNBC and several other outlets reported that Bankman-Fried had changed his mind and would instead submit himself for extradition on Monday. FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (C) is led away handcuffed by officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force at the Nassau, Bahamas , courthouse on December 19, 2022. Kris Ingraham | Afp | Getty ImagesIn open court, chaos reigned. Bankman-Fried, dressed in a blue suit and white button down, was visibly shaking. His Bahamian defense attorney told the court that he was “shocked” that Bankman-Fried was in court. “I did not request him to be here this morning,” the attorney said. Franklyn Williams KC, the Bahamian prosecutor, said that he “understood that [Bankman-Fried] intended to waive extradition,” according to an NBC News producer present in the courtroom. The FTX founder arrived at Bahamian court in a convoy of police vehicles, heavily guarded, just after 10 AM Eastern Time. The move comes just days after he was remanded to the medical unit of Bahamas’ notorious Fox Hill prison. The State Department in a 2020 report called the conditions at Fox Hill Prison “harsh,” citing “overcrowding, poor nutrition, inadequate sanitation, poor ventilation, and inadequate medical care.”Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of FTX, is escorted inside of the Magistrate’s Court in Nassau, Bahamas, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. Victor J. Blue | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesMedical care in particular is spotty at the Bahamian prison, the report said.The former billionaire was transported from one of his several multi-million dollar penthouse homes to the prison last week — though Bankman-Fried was entitled to his own room in the medical wing, Bloomberg reported.Sam Bankman-Fried faces li fe in federal prison, without the possibility of supervised release, if convicted on just one of eight offenses that prosecutors have charged him with. His sentence could be reduced by mitigating factors. Trial lawyers and former prosecutors say that, in practice, many white-collar defendants are given fewer sentences than what the guidelines dictate. So, even in large fraud cases, you can see life sentences drastically reduced. WATCH: Why Sam Bankman-Fried may decide to drop his fight against being extradited to the US

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