- The FBI has reportedly carried out a search at the residence of former FTX executive Ryan Salame.
- The purpose of the raid is unclear at this time.
- Salame was a part of Sam Bankman-Fried’s inner circle during his stint at the bankrupt exchange.
- The former executive has not been charged or accused of a crime in relation to the collapse of FTX.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reportedly carried out a raid at the residence of former FTX executive Ryan Salame. Salame was a part of Sam Bankman-Fried’s inner circle and served as one of his top advisors before the collapse of his crypto exchange in November last year. The raid has become the latest development in the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into FTX’s collapse.
Purpose Of Raid At Former FTX Exec’s Home Unclear
According to a report by the New York Times, FBI agents reached Salame’s house in Potomac, Maryland earlier today to carry out a search. People familiar with the matter revealed that Salame’s legal representative had handed over information related to his political campaign finance activity ahead of today’s raid. The purpose of the raid is unclear at this time. Salame, who served as Co-Chief Executive Officer of FTX Digital Markets, has not yet been charged or accused of any wrongdoing, unlike other former executives like Caroline Ellison and Gary Wang who were charged in connection with the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto empire.
Ryan Salame came under scrutiny last year after his firm filed for bankruptcy. Regulators and lawmakers paid particular attention to the millions of dollars he spent on political contributions during his stint at the crypto exchange. Salame reportedly spent more than $24 million during last year’s midterm elections. The majority of these funds were contributed to Republican candidates, unlike Bankman-Fried who spent well over $50 million to back Democratic candidates and PACs. Prosecutors have claimed the funds for these political contributions were misappropriated from customers of the crypto exchange.
Source : Ethereum World News