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FTX Co-Founder Drops Bombshell: Unlimited Fund Withdrawals Alleged by Insider

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  • Gary Wang, FTX co-founder, testifies against fellow founder Sam Bankman-Fried, alleging wire fraud.
  • Alameda Research, under Bankman-Fried’s direction, enjoyed unparalleled financial access, with debts reaching into billions.

FTX’s Tangled Web: The Inside Story

In the burgeoning world of cryptocurrency, few revelations have been as electrifying as the recent courtroom testimony of Gary Wang, FTX’s co-founder. He pointed fingers squarely at Sam Bankman-Fried and his close cohorts, accusing them of severe wire fraud in connection with the operations of FTX, a leading crypto exchange.

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Alameda Research’s Unprecedented Access

The primary focus of Wang’s deposition revolved around Alameda Research. For the uninitiated, Alameda Research is a trading desk founded by Bankman-Fried. According to Wang, this entity was granted seemingly unrestricted access to FTX customer deposits. Such privileges, unusual in the blockchain domain, allowed them to execute faster trades, maintain negative balances, and withdraw vast sums from FTX’s platform.

By the end of FTX’s operational span, the magnitude of this financial leeway became glaringly evident. Alameda had not only extracted $8 billion from FTX but had also accumulated a whopping $65 billion line of credit.

Comparatively, other market makers on the FTX platform operated with credit lines in the single or double-digit millions. Alameda’s financial maneuvering was, by all metrics, an outlier, putting it in an unprecedented league of its own.

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Equity and Compensation Disparities

Digging deeper, Wang highlighted the disparities within the organizational framework of FTX. While he held a 17% stake in the company with an annual remuneration of $200,000, Bankman-Fried dominated with a 65% equity share in FTX. The disparities extended to Alameda Research, where Bankman-Fried held 90%, leaving Wang with a mere 10%.

Venturing into their individual roles, Wang portrayed Bankman-Fried as FTX’s public face, engaging in lobbying and media interactions, while Wang himself remained behind-the-scenes, focusing on the platform’s coding aspects.

Further complications arose with testimony from Matt Huang, managing partner at the venture capital firm Paradigm. Huang disclosed his firm’s regret over a $278 million investment in Bankman-Fried’s ventures, which now holds no value. He raised concerns about FTX’s governance structure and potential insider trading practices, known as frontrunning in the financial world. Yet, assurances were given by Bankman-Fried that Alameda received no special treatment on the FTX exchange.

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Jack Williams
Jack Williams
As a Blockchain Analyst, I specialize in analyzing the performance of decentralized systems and optimizing their efficiency. Through data analysis, I provide insights on blockchain technology, smart contracts, and cryptocurrencies to help businesses make informed decisions and improve their operations.
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