Bitcoin btc
$ usd

Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX Associates Sued for Inflating Stock Platform Deal

2 mins
Updated by Kyle Baird
Join our Trading Community on Telegram

In Brief

  • Sam Bankman-Fried and his FTX colleagues are facing a lawsuit filed by Alameda Research and West Realm Shires.
  • The lawsuit alleges trade manipulation and misappropriation by former FTX officials.
  • Plaintiffs argue defendants' actions, including inflated stock sale, potentially violated bankruptcy laws.
  • promo

Alameda Research and West Realm Shires (WRS) have filed a lawsuit against Sam Bankman-Fried and other FTX executives. The document accuses them of inflating the valuation of a stock clearing platform prior to the exchange’s collapse.

The lawsuit highlights the deliberate manipulation of trades and unauthorized use of funds by former FTX officials. U.S. regulations could deem these actions illegal, per the lawsuit.

FTX Sues Sam-Bankman Fried to Clawback Funds

Samuel Bankman-Fried, Nishad Singh, Zixiao “Gary” Wang, and Caroline Ellison are said to have engaged in a series of transactions that benefited them, using misappropriated funds from FTX Group. They are accused of using these funds to buy ownership stakes in Embed from existing shareholders.

WRS initially announced its acquisition of Embed Financial Technologies Inc. and its subsidiary, Embed Clearing LLC, in June 2022.

The plaintiffs allege that the former FTX executives caused WRS to issue SAFEs (Simple Agreements for Future Equity) to Bankman-Fried, Singh, and Wang. These SAFEs could convert into WRS common stock in the event of Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings. According to the plaintiffs, these transfers and commitments are subject to legal revocation or avoidance under the Delaware and Bankruptcy Codes.

Ellison and Wang already pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges in December last year.

Lawsuit Alleges Insolvent Defendants Made the Purchase

The lawsuit also claims that insiders falsified records to hide Alameda’s contribution to the acquisition’s financing. In addition, the purchase was reportedly timed to close before FTX filed for bankruptcy. According to the court filing, the defendants allegedly moved money to demonstrate a personal transfer from an Alameda bank account to a WRS bank account.

 After the acquisition, the debtors received significantly lower amounts from potential bidders than the acquisition price. The lawsuit accuses the defendants of inflating the $220 million payment made by WRS for Embed, suggesting that they deliberately manipulated the transfers and obligations with the intention of defrauding investors.

The current CEO of FTX, John J. Ray III, an American lawyer, has brought the first lawsuit against the former executives. Known for his expertise in recovering funds from failed businesses, Ray has a notable track record that includes the Enron case.

FTX Debacle Ongoing

Reports indicate that SBF’s legal team has submitted a request seeking the dismissal of all criminal charges against him, with only a few exceptions. Notably, the former CEO’s petition largely avoids addressing the most substantial criminal allegations leveled against him.

Bankman-Fried is reportedly bolstering his argument by using a Supreme Court ruling that limits the scope of fraud prosecutions.

The FTX disaster as a whole is still ongoing. FTX investors are suing former NBA player and well-known celebrity Shaquille O’Neal after he participated in their advertising. However, according to media reports, attorneys could not successfully serve him with the documents needed to begin the lawsuit.


In adherence to the Trust Project guidelines, BeInCrypto is committed to unbiased, transparent reporting. This news article aims to provide accurate, timely information. However, readers are advised to verify facts independently and consult with a professional before making any decisions based on this content.

Shraddha Sharma
Shraddha is an India-based journalist who worked in business and financial news before diving into the crypto space. As an investment enthusiast, she has also has a keen interest...