By: Isha Das
As the ongoing fraud trial of Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) advances into its second week, the focus shifts to the potentially pivotal testimonies expected from key witnesses. One such witness set to testify later this week is former Alameda Research CEO, Caroline Ellison, who was once romantically involved with SBF. Ellison's testimony is anticipated to reveal key insights into FTX and Alameda's financial dealings.(source)
On the other hand, a significant development from the court reveals that the unidentified hackers responsible for stealing funds from SBF's FTX platform are reportedly using the media attention surrounding the trial as a cover to obfuscate their illicit activities. The hackers have escalated their movement of the stolen funds during the trial, transferring approximately 15,000 ETH, roughly worth $24 million, to three new wallet addresses.(source)
Meanwhile, in this intense court battle, the prosecution plans to utilize Ellison's testimony to expose alleged financial misconduct between FTX and Alameda. On the other side, SBF's defense team is positioning Ellison as the primary catalyst for FTX and Alameda's downfall, emphasizing her perceived lack of business acumen and probing into her personal motivations given their past relationship. Early evidence shared in court indicates SBF's central role in an alleged scheme that took away $10 billion from clients.(source)
As the case gains momentum, the FTX hackers are changing their tactics to obscure the transfer of assets, making it hard for the authorities to trace them. Amidst this growing chaos, the court awaits pivotal testimonies that could reshape the direction of the trial, as the crypto world watches carefully.(source)
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