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FTX Sues Bankman-Fried’s Parents, Says They Plundered It For Their Own Gain And Pet Projects

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FTX sued Sam Bankman-Fried's parents
FTX sued Sam Bankman-Fried's parents

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FTX has sued the parents of FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried to “recover millions of dollars in fraudulently transferred and misappropriated funds.”

FTX also wants damages and the return of any property given to the parents — Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried — as well as punitive damages for “conscious, wilful, wanton, and malicious conduct,” its lawyers said in a Sept. 18 court filing.

Bankman Was Paid $200K Salary By FTX Foundation

“Bankman and Fried deployed their decades of experience as sophisticated law professors and veneer of legitimacy not to help the FTX Group, but rather to plunder it in order to enrich themselves and their pet causes,” FTX said.s

Bankman was paid an annual salary of $200,000 as a senior adviser to the FTX foundation, gained a $16.4 million property in the Bahamas bought with FTX funds, while Stanford University where he worked was given $5.5 million in FTX donations, it said.

It also alleged that Bankman used his knowledge of tax law to enable the transfer of a $10 million cash gift belonging to FTX affiliate Alameda Research to himself and his wife.

Bankman knew, or should have known, of the poor financial state the FTX Group was in, the filing said, adding that he even “moonlighted as an actor in a Super Bowl commercial.”

SBF’s Trial to Start in Under Two Weeks

SBF’s trial is scheduled to start on October 3. Judge Lewis Kaplan recently ruled that he would remain behind bars after denying a motion for temporary release.

SBF will face seven charges of fraudulent activities involving customer funds at FTX and Alameda Research. In late 2022, SBF’s parents had confided in friends that the legal bills from the charges would affect them financially.

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