Sam Bankman-Fried claims he ‘misaccounted’ $8 billion in FTX funds

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Sam Bankman-Fried Sam Bankman-Fried's nett worthy was valued astatine astir $16 cardinal past month. CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Math doesn’t look to beryllium the MIT graduate’s strength.

Disgraced FTX laminitis Sam Bankman-Fried — an alum of the vaunted assemblage — gave a bizarre mentation for an $8 cardinal fund shortfall that helped unit the doomed cryptocurrency level into bankruptcy past period — claiming helium had simply “misaccounted” the cash.

Bankman-Fried scrambled to explicate what happened astatine FTX during an interrogation with Bloomberg from his luxury penthouse successful the Bahamas. During the interview, the broke crypto bro pulled retired a spreadsheet detailing the atrocious mathematics helium utilized portion approaching investors for a imaginable last-second bailout of FTX and its sister trading steadfast Alameda Research.

In a conception labeled, “What I *thought*,” Bankman-Fried lists $8.9 cardinal successful debts against astir $28 cardinal successful assets — $9 cardinal of which were purportedly “liquid.” In different conception with the existent numbers, FTX had $8 cardinal little successful liquid assets than Bankman-Fried had claimed.

“It looks naively to maine like, you know, there’s inactive immoderate important liabilities retired there, but, like, we should beryllium capable to screen it,” Bankman-Fried told Bloomberg.

Sam Bankman-Fried, laminitis  and main  enforcement  serviceman  of FTXSam Bankman-Fried, laminitis and main enforcement serviceman of FTXBloomberg via Getty Images

The Bloomberg newsman past pointed retired the $8 cardinal difference.

“You misplaced $8 billion?” the newsman asked.

“Misaccounted,” replied Bankman-Fried, who minored successful mathematics portion graduated from MIT with a Bachelor’s grade successful physics.

The study highlighted the grade to which finances for FTX and Alameda were intermingled conscionable earlier the institution fell into bankruptcy. Last month, Reuters reported that Bankman-Fried had secretly transferred $10 cardinal successful FTX lawsuit funds to prop up Alameda Research’s risky bets.

Bankman-Fried made his latest defence of FTX’s implosion from the luxury penthouse wherever he, his ex-lover Caroline Ellison and a tiny radical of roommates ran FTX and Alameda Research. Ellison served arsenic CEO of Alameda until its meltdown.

Bankman-Fried went connected to assertion that customers occasionally ligament their wealth to Alameda alternatively than FTX. He besides asserted that FTX’s strategy had double-counted that money, which could explicate the disparity successful the numbers.

Bahamas penthouseSam Bankman-Fried and his friends ran FTX from a luxury penthouse.Seaside Real Estate/ Bahamas MLS

The discredited enforcement did not afloat explicate what happened to the $8 cardinal successful assets missing from the rudimentary equilibrium sheet.

“I was existent lazy astir this intelligence math,” Bankman-Fried said astatine 1 constituent successful the interview.

Bloomberg besides pressed Bankman-Fried to respond to disapproval that helium was pinning the blasted for FTX’s illness connected Ellison and different subordinates.

Caroline EllisonCaroline Ellison was CEO of Alameda Research. Twitter / @carolinecapital

“I deliberation the biggest nonaccomplishment was that it wasn’t wholly wide whose responsibility it was,” helium replied.

FTX’s anemic accounting practices nether Bankman-Fried and his allies person drawn crisp disapproval from the company’s caller enactment successful bankruptcy tribunal filing.

New CEO John Ray III, who led Enron done its bankruptcy, said FTX’s accounting practices and firm governance standards were the worst he’s ever seen. He besides called retired lavish spending by Bankman-Fried and others, including $300 cardinal connected luxury existent property and disbursal requests that were approved with emojis.