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Prosecutors Seek 40-50 Years for FTX Ex-CEO Sam Bankman-Fried

The case against Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of FTX, seems to have reached a critical juncture. Prosecutors are recommending a substantial sentence of 40 to 50 years in prison following his conviction on seven charges, including fraud and conspiracy. This recommendation comes in the wake of allegations that Bankman-Fried stole $8 billion from customers, indicating the gravity of the offenses.

The defense, on the other hand, has argued for a significantly shorter sentence of 5.25 to 6.5 years, emphasizing Bankman-Fried's lack of predatory intent and the potential for FTX clients to recover most of their lost funds. They have also highlighted Bankman-Fried's philanthropic efforts and expressions of remorse as mitigating factors.

However, the prosecution remains steadfast in their pursuit of a harsh sentence, underscoring the need for accountability and deterrence in light of the substantial harm inflicted on numerous victims and the apparent disregard for legal boundaries.

Bankman-Fried's sentencing, scheduled for March 28, will likely be a pivotal moment in this high-profile case, reflecting broader debates around accountability and regulation within the cryptocurrency industry.

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