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Sam Bankman-Fried is paying for legal defense using previously gifted funds from Alameda: Report

Former FTX chief executive officer Sam Bankman-Fried, also known as SBF, is reportedly funding the legal team defending him against federal charges with millions of dollars he gifted his father from Alameda Research.

According to a March 29 Forbes report citing sources with “operational knowledge” of FTX and Alameda, in 2021 Bankman-Fried gave his father at least $10 million that was funded by a loan from Alameda. The former FTX CEO sent the funds to his father, Joseph Bankman — a Stanford Law professor who has stopped teaching classes amid his son’s legal troubles — as part of a lifetime estate and gift tax exemption.

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