Sam Bankman-Fried released on $250 million bond

Sam Bankman-Fried leaves Manhattan Federal Court. Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images.FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried was released Thursday on $250 million bond after appearing in a New York court.Why it matters: The controversial crypto wunderkind was extradited to the US Wednesday following his arrest in the Bahamas last week. He has been accused in a US criminal complaint of defrauding FTX customers. What to know: Bankman-Fried is required to live at his parents’ Palo Alto, Calif. home, which would be put up as bond collateral. Both of his parents are professors at nearby Stanford University. He has also surrendered his passport, is subject to electronic monitoring, and can receive mental health treatment. Context: Bankman-Fried faces eight counts of fraud, conspiracy, campaign finance law violations and money laundering. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 115 years in prison. Two of his former associates, FTX co-founder Gary Wang and former Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison, have pleaded guilty to federal charges and are cooperating with prosecutors. Of note: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission both filed separate civil complaints against Bankman-Fried, with the latter saying he orchestrated “a scheme to defraud equity investors in FTX.” That complaint seeks to ban SBF from the crypto industry. What’s next: Bankman-Fried’s next hearing, presided over by Judge Ronnie Adams, is scheduled for Jan. 3 at the Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse in New York. Go deeper: Two major FTX figures plead guilty to federal charges Sam Bankman-Fried accused of by SECEditor’s note: This story has been updated with additional fraud reporting and background.

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