Earlier than crypto alternate FTX and its founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) acquired tied down with allegations of misappropriation of customers’ funds, SBF was among the many most influential crypto entrepreneurs. Earlier than FTX collapsed, a leaked e-mail alternate with a high regulator allegedly confirmed SBF’s intent to get the alternate federally regulated.

On Might 28, 2022, practically six months earlier than FTX filed for bankruptcy and SBF resigned because the CEO, Federal Deposit Insurance coverage Company (FDIC) chairman Martin Gruenberg received an invite to fulfill SBF on June 13, 2022, the Washington Examiner reported. The e-mail was mediated by former CFTC commissioner Mark Wetjen, who joined FTX US as the pinnacle of coverage and regulatory technique in November 2021.

Sam Bankman-Fried’s assembly invitation to FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg. Supply: The Washington Examiner

Within the latter half of the e-mail, Wetjen instructed Gruenberg that FTX is within the “uncommon place of begging the federal authorities to manage us.” He additional added:

“We’ve an utility earlier than the CFTC that lays out for the company how to take action. All of the CFTC has to do is approve it. As soon as the CFTC does, the others will observe — the opposite main US exchanges even have CFTC licenses.”

In response to the SBF’s request, Gruenberg agreed to fulfill the duo, as proven within the leaked e-mail beneath.

FDIC chairman Martin Gruenberg accepts Sam Bankman-Fried’s assembly invitation. Supply: The Washington Examiner

Following the collapse of FTX, SBF’s political ties had been uncovered amid parallel investigations. An FDIC spokesperson confirmed that the FDIC chairman met SBF as a part of “routine courtesy visits with leaders of economic companies and establishments.”

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Alongside federal investigations, FTX’s new administration began conducting inside investigations to trace lacking funds.

Current court docket paperwork revealed that SBF and 5 different former FTX and Alameda Analysis executives obtained $3.2 billion in funds and loans from FTX-linked entities. SBF reportedly obtained the lion’s share of the funds, receiving $2.2 billion.