Caroline Ellison and Gary Wang plead guilty to fraud charges

Former Alameda Research CEO Caroline Ellison and FTX co-founder Gary Wang have pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges and are cooperating with prosecutors as a part of the prison case in opposition to the previous CEO of FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Damian Williams made the announcement on Dec. 22, emphasizing that the newest main improvement is unlikely to be the final.

“As I stated final week, this investigation is ongoing and transferring in a short time. I additionally stated final week’s announcement wouldn’t be our final and let me be clear as soon as once more, neither is in the present day’s,” he stated, including that:

I’m asserting that SDNY has filed charges in opposition to Caroline Ellison […] and Gary Wang […] in reference to their roles within the frauds that contributed to FTX’s collapse. Both Ms. Ellison and Mr. Wang have plead guilty to these charges and each are cooperating with the SDNY. 

Williams additionally confirmed that SBF is now within the custody of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and is “on his approach again to the United States” the place he might be transported immediately to the Southern District of New York to seem earlier than a choose “as quickly as attainable.”

Williams additionally used the assertion to ship a stark warning to anybody that will have participated in misconduct at FTX or Alameda:

“Now is the time to get forward of it. We are transferring rapidly and our persistence just isn’t everlasting.”

SBF was formally handed over from Bahamanian custody to U.S. authorities on Dec. 21 after he waived his proper to a proper extradition course of that might have taken weeks. His lawyer claimed that SBF wished to velocity up the method as he’s presently pushed to “put the purchasers proper.”

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Meanwhile, Ellison’s current guilty plea and cooperation with the SDNY could also be unsurprising for some, on condition that she was reportedly noticed at a espresso store only a quick stroll away from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the New York FBI workplace on Dec. 5.