Now defunct crypto exchange FTX has sent out confidential messages to political figures and other recipients of contributions requesting to return such funds to the FTX Debtors by February 28, 2023.
The bankrupt firm also issued a press release warning against defaulters, stating that the FTX Debtors might take legal action to recover the returned payments, with interest starting on the day any action is started.
The latest development comes after FTX Debtors’ December 19, 2022 announcement of establishing arrangements for such recipients to return funds voluntarily by contacting [FTXrepay@ftx.us].
In addition to that, all such recipients even those who made payment or donation to a third party [including a charity] in the amount of any payment received from an FTX Contributor are too not exempted, the blog added.
The SBF-led exchange once valued at $32 billion, had to file for bankruptcy last year after the price of its exchange token FTT collapsed which triggered sparked a run on the platform.
It was later revealed that it did not have enough reserves of customer assets as it failed to honor withdrawals.
Founder Bankman-Fried was arrested and charged with eight counts of financial crimes, including securities fraud, money laundering, and campaign finance violations by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.
Bankman-Fried is accused of misusing billions of dollars in client cash to fund activity at his trading firm Alameda Research, buy private real estate, and contribute to political campaigns. He has pled not guilty to the accusations, and his trial is scheduled for October.
FTX Ex-CEO Donated Roughly $40M In The 2022 Election Cycle
Creditors and lawmakers have tried to make sense of the crypto behemoth’s collapse. Since then, there has been pressure mounting on several members of the US Congress who received donations from the former CEO of FTX, or people connected to him.
According to sources, only five respondents had reportedly returned the money they received as of January 18, while a majority of 53 campaigns said they had again sent the money to non-profits.
Further, CBS News reported that the former billionaire donated close to $40 million during the 2022 election cycle. His recipients mostly comprised of Democratic candidates but have also admitted to making “dark” donations to Republican candidates as well.
The legal proceedings against Bankman-Fried are ongoing.