The FTX cryptocurrency exchange has taken legal action by filing a massive $700 million lawsuit against an investment firm that is headed by a former aide to Clinton.
According to Reuters, the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange FTX has initiated legal proceedings against a former aide to Hilary Clinton and the aide’s investment firm. Their lawsuit aims to recover $700 million, claiming that the funds were misused and improperly invested, resulting in personal profits rather than benefiting the company.
As per court records filed in Wilmington, Delaware, FTX has alleged that its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried, approved the transfer of $700 million to entities associated with K5 Global. K5 Global is led by former Clinton aide Michael Kives and co-founder Bryan Baum. FTX claims that Bankman-Fried permitted this transfer as part of a plan to improperly utilize company assets for personal benefit.
According to the lawsuit, Bankman-Fried, the founder of FTX, described Kives, the former Clinton aide leading K5 Global, as someone with significant political and celebrity ties, stating that he was “the most connected person I’ve ever met.” FTX suggests that Bankman-Fried utilized K5 Global’s connections to boost his own political and social influence.
Despite employees at FTX expressing concerns about K5’s motives, Bankman-Fried purportedly persisted in investing in K5 projects, leading to benefits for Kives and Baum while negatively impacting the exchange and its customers.
The lawsuit highlights a specific investment in which a shell company controlled by Bankman-Fried used $214 million from FTX to acquire a minority stake in Kendall Jenner’s 818 Tequila brand.
K5 Global, however, has vehemently denied the allegations, stating that they believed Bankman-Fried and FTX were legitimate partners engaged in a mutually beneficial business relationship.
Bankman-Fried, who has entered a not guilty plea for unrelated charges of defrauding FTX customers, is now confronting increasing legal difficulties.
The newly appointed CEO of FTX, John Ray III, has hinted at the possibility of launching a second version of the exchange. However, their decision to pursue legal action against K5 Global could potentially complicate the legal environment surrounding the planned new exchange.
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