Sam Bankman-Fried found ‘chilling’ in JFK airport lounge on $250M bail bond

the temporary arrest of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman Fried (SBF) can be attributed to the efforts of the crypto community to facilitate investigations and trace the whereabouts of the infamous entrepreneur. As SBF finally escaped prison sentence via $250 million bondthe community continues to publicly monitor his every move.

Just three days after being released on personal bail, a member of the crypto community reportedly spotted SBF “chilling out” in a lounge at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Supporting footage was shared on Twitter by @litcapital, which shows SBF sitting on a lounge chair with access to a laptop and mobile phone.

Sam Bankman-Fried found at JFK airport lounge. Source: Twitter

Based on the footage, other members of the community confirmed that SBF’s location was the Greenwich Lounge (business class) in American Airlines Terminal 8. According to the main source, SBF was accompanied by his parentsFBI agents and lawyers.

Later footage showed SBF on an American Airlines flight dressed up in a beanie and sitting next to a costumed executive.

The images have reignited discussions about how SBF Told Maxine Waters, chair of the United States House Financial Services Committee, that he had no access to his personal or business data despite having access to his laptop and mobile device.

Additionally, some have also wondered how SBF was able to afford the business class tickets amid FTX’s bankruptcy proceedings. “It’s great to see that client funds are always put to good use!” said a member of the community.

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A recent court filing revealed that the former crypto exchange FTX paid $12 million retainer to Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (S&C) just before filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Since August 26, 2022, FTX has made payments worth nearly $3.5 million to S&C to benefit from their legal services.