The US Justice Department has launched a webpage that allows any US resident who believes they’re a victim of fraud by Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) to file an official report. It specifies 10 rights that federal crime victims have under US law, including United States Code Title 18 Section 3771. The site also provides official FTX contact information from the US government.
FTX disintegrated in November 2022 and, according to bankruptcy filings, could have more than one million creditors. It owes its top 50 creditors more than $3 billion and the US government’s bankruptcy overseer assigned a creditors’ committee to its bankruptcy case.
To prevent another Celsius-style leak of personal details, the presiding judge agreed with FTX’s motion to redact identifying information about most of its creditors. The judge cited potential cyber threats like phishing attacks for the decision.
Bankman-Fried himself faces eight criminal charges related to his exchage’s rapid collapse. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) alleges that he defrauded FTX customers and investors and lenders to Alameda Research. The charges against him include wire fraud, conspiracy to commit commodities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and campaign finance violations.
He pleaded not guilty during a court hearing on December 3, allowing him to remain out on bail until October this year.
Official government contact for FTX victims
Any US resident who believes they are a victim of SBF’s fraud can contact Wendy Olsen Clancy, the FTX Victim and Witness Coordinator at the US Department of Justice. Her official email is [email protected]. There’s also additional information here.