Sam Bankman-Fried’s family called prison for vegan meals request

Disgraced crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried’s relatives reportedly called the rodent-infested Bahamas prison where he is being held and asked if he could get vegan meals.

The founder of the collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX — who was charged this week with multiple financial crimes — has his own room in the maximum-security section of the Bahamas lockup that is known to be crawling with rats and maggots, unnamed sources told Bloomberg.

Bankman-Fried’s relatives called the Fox Hill jail in Nassau Tuesday night to request that vegan meals be provided to him, a source told the outlet.

The 30-year-old Bankman-Fried, known in crypto circles by his initials, SBF, was ordered earlier Tuesday to remain at the notorious jail through February 8 for his extradition hearing.

He was arrested this week on multiple charges stemming from allegations that he deceived FTX customers and investors to enrich himself and others.

He can’t receive visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions at the jail, a site which a warden once described as “not fit for humanity.”

One of Sam Bankman-Fried’s relatives reportedly called the jail where he is being held to ask if he could get vegan meals.
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The Fox Hill correctional facility in Nassau is notorious for being infested with rats and maggots.
The Fox Hill correctional facility in Nassau is reportedly notorious for being infested with rats and maggots.
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Bankman-Fried's attorneys tried in vain to have him released from the prison on bail, citing his vegan diet and his ADD diagnosis.
Bankman-Fried’s attorneys tried in vain to have him released from the prison on bail, citing his vegan diet and his ADD diagnosis.
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A damning human rights report produced by the State Department last year stated that inmates at the only correctional facility in the Bahamas were forced to remove human waste by bucket and were confined to cramped, overcrowded cells overrun by vermin.

This is a far cry from the luxury compound where Bankman-Fried had been held up prior to his arrest Monday.

Lawyers for Bankman-Fried asked a judge Tuesday to release him on $250.00 cash bail, with the former FTX mogul citing his vegan diet and his apparent attention deficit disorder (ADD) diagnosis requiring him to take medications as reasons to turn him loose.

Joseph Bankman
Joseph Bankman
Stanford University
Barbara Fried
Barbara Fried
Stanford University

It is unknown at this time which of Bankman-Fried’s family members phoned the jail seeking to make sure his dietary preferences were met — or whether their request was granted.

The accused crypto fraudster’s parents, Stanford law professors Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried, attended the court hearing and exchanged hugs with their son after presiding Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt refused to set bail for him.


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Bankman-Fried’s legal team signaled his intention to fight extradition to the US, where he faces eight federal charges, including wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy, punishable by up to 115 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors said Bankman-Fried devised “a scheme and artifice to defraud” FTX’s customers and investors beginning in 2019, the year it was founded.

Bankman-Fried faces eight federal charges, including wire fraud and money laundering, in the US.
Bankman-Fried faces eight federal charges, including wire fraud and money laundering in the US.
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He illegally diverted their money to cover expenses, debts and risky trades at the crypto hedge fund he started in 2017, Alameda Research, and to make lavish real estate purchases and large political donations, prosecutors said in a 13-page indictment.

FTX filed for bankruptcy on Nov. 11, when it ran out of money after the cryptocurrency equivalent of a bank run.

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