Daniel Friedberg, the controversial lawyer who served as high compliance chief at now-defunct crypt change FTX, has reportedly cooperated with United States’ prosecutors investigating FTX collapse.
Friedberg supplied particulars about FTX in a gathering with two dozen investigators held by the U.S. Lawyer for the Southern District of New York’s (SDNY) workplace on Nov. 22, Reuters reported.
The assembly included officers from the Justice Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Securities and Alternate Fee, the report notes, citing a supply conversant in the matter.
On the assembly, Friedberg supplied prosecutors along with his data of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s use of buyer funds to finance his unlawful enterprise scheme. He additionally gave particulars of how Bankman-Fried’s hedge fund Alameda Analysis functioned.
The lawyer reportedly expects to be invited as a authorities witness in Bankman-Fried’s October trial. Thus far, Friedberg has not been charged and has not been instructed that he’s underneath legal investigation.
Whereas keen to assist U.S. authorities get extra particulars in Bankman-Fried’s case, Friedberg himself has seemingly taken measures to cover some private data from the general public.
Shortly after FTX collapsed, Friedberg deleted his LinkedIn profile amid stories indicating his involvement with the net poker rip-off UltimateBet. He reportedly served as common counsel at UltimateBet and performed a job in overlaying up that agency’s dishonest scandal again in 2008.
Whereas some stories suggest that Friedberg joined FTX in March 2020, Bankman-Fried reportedly claimed that he was FTX’s “authorized advisor from the very starting” in 2019. Friedberg additionally reportedly first represented Bankman-Fried as outdoors counsel on working Alameda in 2017.
In accordance with Reuters’ sources, Friedberg resigned from his place at FTX on Nov. 8, a day after Bankman-Fried disclosed to high executives that FTX nearly ran out of cash.
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As beforehand reported, Bankman-Fried pleaded not responsible to all legal costs associated to the FTX collapse on Jan. 3, together with wire fraud, securities fraud and violations of marketing campaign finance legal guidelines. FTX co-founder Gary Wang and former Alameda Analysis CEO Caroline Ellison beforehand pleaded responsible to federal fraud costs in December. Each are actually cooperating with SDNY and the SEC’s investigation into Bankman-Fried.