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Sam Bankman-Fried Prison Images Emerge: A Thin and Shabby SBF Poses Next to Inmates

Last Updated February 20, 2024 2:02 PM
Giuseppe Ciccomascolo
Last Updated February 20, 2024 2:02 PM

Key Takeaways

  • First image from prison reveals a significant change in Sam Bankman-Fried’s appearance, showing weight loss and a disheveled look.
  • Despite a faint smile, his body language suggests resignation to his situation.
  • Sentencing is set for March 28, with speculation about a possible lenient sentence.

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of the now-defunct crypto exchange FTX, was convicted of fraud in November 2023. In a recent post  on X, journalist Tiffany Fong revealed the first image of SBF in jail in Brooklyn. Fong obtained the photo from prison inmates, and it dates back to December 17, 2023, just a month after SBF’s conviction.

While she covered the faces of other prisoners, people on social networks didn’t look too interested in SBF’s inmates. They are focused awaiting the sentence he will receive in March, after a court found him guilty of several frauds last year.

First Photograph Of SBF In Jail

The first photo of an incarcerated Sam Bankman-Fried has surfaced, revealing a noticeable change in his appearance. The disgraced former billionaire appears to have lost weight, with a disheveled and bearded appearance evident in the image. Though captured with a faint smile amid what seems like a gathering of friends, the way he clasps his hands together hints at resignation in his current situation.

The picture showcases Bankman-Fried looking disheveled and thinner, highlighting the challenging conditions of jail.

His typically unkempt hair adds to the overall disarray portrayed in the photo, yet any signs of remorse remain elusive. Nevertheless, these visual details do not alter the court’s verdict of guilt on seven counts, nor do they change the events at FTX.

Fong has opted to censor  the faces of other inmates in the photo, except for Bankman-Fried and another inmate, known as “G Lock”. Explaining her decision, Fong mentions having previously interviewed G Lock, hence his face remains uncensored. Additionally, she notes that G Lock is a former member of the Blood gang.

Where Is SBF?

Bankman-Fried is currently housed at the Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn, one of America’s most infamous correctional facilities. Conditions within the jail, where he has resided for six weeks following the revocation of his bail, starkly contrast with the luxurious settings of the former billionaire’s Caribbean retreats. His legal team has argued the facility suffers from slow internet, unsanitary living conditions, and meager cafeteria offerings.

Former detainees of the institution and their attorneys, however, paint a bleaker picture of the notorious lockup. They’ve compared conditions at the jail to those experienced by “prisoners of war” and the character Hannibal Lecter in the horror film “The Silence of the Lambs”.

Bankman-Fried had previously voiced concerns about the lack of access to vegan food and medication during his earlier stay at the Brooklyn jail before the trial. District Judge Kaplan had acknowledged the facility’s shortcomings, remarking that it was “not on anybody’s list of five-star facilities”.

What’s Next For FTX’s Founder?

The FTX scandal stands as one of the most substantial financial frauds in recent memory. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan will decide on SBF’s fate. However, speculation abounds regarding the possibility of SBF receiving a lenient sentence, fueled by reports that FTX’s efforts to reimburse customers could influence the verdict.

As said, after a five-week trial, in early November 2023, Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of FTX, was found guilty by a New York jury of defrauding both lenders and consumers.

A tentative sentencing will arrive on March 28, 2024. Bankman-Fried faces the possibility of serving up to 115 years in prison.

Following guilty verdicts on all seven counts, US Attorney Damian Williams said outside the courthouse that Sam Bankman-Fried had orchestrated one of the largest financial scams in American history.

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