The Wall Street Journal: Sam Bankman-Fried’s Indictment Gives Justice Department Flexibility

December 13, 2022

Sam Bankman-Fried has been indicted by the US Department of Justice on numerous charges relating to a scheme to defraud FTX’s customers and lenders. Bankman-Fried was arrested in the Bahamas yesterday and faces charges ranging from wire and securities fraud to conspiracy to launder money. Rebecca Mermelstein, a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and former federal prosecutor, noted that the statutes charged are enormously broad except for the campaign-finance offense. “By not being super specific, you protect yourself later against an argument that charges relating to different criminal conduct are being added,” Mermelstein said.

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