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Sam Bankman-Fried found ‘chilling’ in JFK airport lounge on $250 million bond


The momentary arrest of former CEO of FTX Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) can be credited to the efforts made by the crypto community to assist in investigations and track down the whereabouts of the infamous entrepreneur. While the SBF eventually escaped jail on $250 million bailthe community continues to publicly monitor his every move.

Just three days after he was released on bond, a member of the crypto community allegedly spotted SBF “chilling” in a lounge at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Supporting images were shared on Twitter by @litcapital which show SBF sitting on a lounger with access to a laptop and mobile phone.

Sam Bankman-Fried found in JFK airport lounge. Source: Twitter

Based on the photos, other community members have confirmed that the SBF location is the Greenwich Lounge (Business Class) at American Airlines Terminal 8. According to the primary source SBF is accompanied by his parentsFBI agents and lawyers.

Subsequent images showed SBF on an American Airlines flight, masked with a hat and seated next to a clothed executive.

The images have renewed discussions around how SBF said Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the US House Financial Services Committee, that he did not have access to his personal or professional data, although he did have access to his laptop and mobile device.

In addition, some also wondered how SBF was able to afford the business class tickets amid FTX’s bankruptcy proceedings. “It’s great to see that customer funds are still being put to good use!” said community member.

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A recent court filing exposed this defunct crypto exchange FTX paid a $12 million guarantee to Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (S&C) just prior to filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Since August 26, 2022, FTX has made nearly $3.5 million in payments to S&C to benefit from their legal services.