Relatives of disgraced crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried reportedly called the rodent-infested Bahamas prison where he is being held and asked if he could get vegan meals.
The founder of collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX – who was charged this week with multiple financial crimes – has his own room in the maximum security section of the Bahamas dungeon which is known to be crawling with rats and maggots, unnamed sources told Bloomberg.
Relatives of Bankman-Fried called Fox Hill Jail in Nassau on Tuesday evening to request that vegan meals be provided to him, a source told the outlet.
Bankman-Fried, 30, known in crypto circles by his initials, SBF, was ordered earlier Tuesday to stay to the notorious prison until February 8 for his extradition hearing.
He was arrested this week on multiple charges stemming from allegations that he deceived FTX customers and investors to enrich himself and others.
It cannot receive visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions at the prison, a site that a warden once described as “unfit for humanity”.
A damning human rights report produced by the State Department last year said inmates at the Bahamas’ only correctional facility were forced to dispose of human waste by bucket and were confined to cramped and cramped cells. overcrowded with vermin.
It’s a far cry from the luxury resort where Bankman-Fried was locked up before his arrest on Monday.
Lawyers for Bankman-Fried on Tuesday asked a judge to release him on $250,000 cash bond, with the former FTX mogul citing his vegan diet and diagnosis of apparent attention deficit disorder (ADD). ) forcing him to take drugs to free him.
It’s unclear at this time which of Bankman-Fried’s family members phoned the prison to make sure his food preferences were being met – or whether their request was granted.
The parents of the accused crypto fraudster, Stanford law professors Joseph Bankman and Barbara Friedattended the hearing and exchanged hugs with their son after Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt refused to post bail.
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Bankman-Fried’s legal team has signaled his intention to fight extradition to the United States, where he faces eight federal charges, including wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy, punishable by 115 years in prison.
Federal prosecutors said Bankman-Fried devised “a scheme and artifice to defraud” FTX clients and investors beginning in 2019, the year it was founded.
He illegally embezzled their money to cover expenses, debts and risky trades within the crypto hedge fund he started in 2017, Alameda Research, and to make lavish real estate purchases and large political donations, said prosecutors in a 13-page indictment.
FTX filed for bankruptcy on November 11, when it ran out of money after the cryptocurrency equivalent of a bank run.
With post wires