Sam Bankman-Fried Denies Attempt to Influence Witness; Awaits Contact Restrictions

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• Sam Bankman-Fried, former CEO of FTX, denies that he attempted to influence a potential witness.
• U.S. attorney Damian Williams has accused Bankman-Fried of sending a message to FTX US General Counsel Ryne Miller on Jan. 15 via the messaging app Signal.
• Bankman-Fried awaits possible contact restrictions.

Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of FTX, is facing accusations that he attempted to influence a potential witness. On Jan. 27, Damian Williams, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, made a court filing suggesting that Bankman-Fried had attempted to contact a witness on Jan. 15 via the encrypted messaging app Signal.

The message was allegedly sent to Ryne Miller, the General Counsel for FTX US. Miller may be a witness at trial, and it is believed that he has information that could incriminate Bankman-Fried. The message reportedly read: „I would really love to reconnect and see if there’s a way for us to have a constructive relationship, use each other as resources when possible, or at least vet things with each other.“

In response to the accusations, Bankman-Fried has denied that he tried to sway the witness. He is now awaiting possible contact restrictions, as Williams requested that the court impose limits on Bankman-Fried’s communications moving forward. It is unclear at this time what the outcome of these proceedings will be.

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