Former billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried's jail photo goes viral on internet

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Former FTX Chief Executive Sam Bankman-Fried outside a Manhattan courthouse in February. — Reuters
Former FTX Chief Executive Sam Bankman-Fried outside a Manhattan courthouse in February. — Reuters

Former cryptocurrency tycoon Sam Bankman-Fried, awaiting sentencing for the collapse of FTX, has formed an unexpected friendship within the walls of Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center. 

A recent photo, obtained by crypto reporter Tiffany Fong, is going viral on the internet. The photo unveils Bankman-Fried standing alongside fellow inmates, including G Lock from the Bloods.

The photo was released by crypto reporter Tiffany Fong on her Twitter handle on Feb 20, 2024. — x/TiffanyFong_
The photo was released by crypto reporter Tiffany Fong on her Twitter handle on Feb 20, 2024. — x/TiffanyFong_

In an exclusive interview with journalist Michelle Fong, G Lock shared insights into Bankman-Fried's character, describing him as a 'good guy' with peculiar and 'weird' behaviour. Despite rumours, G Lock clarified that the FTX founder isn't facing threats from fellow inmates.

The photo reveals a significant physical transformation in Bankman-Fried, showcasing notable weight loss during his time in detention. 

G Lock draws comparisons to rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, praising Bankman-Fried for not 'snitching' and labeling him 'more gangster than Tekashi 6ix9ine.'

Bankman-Fried's journey from the comforts of living on the Stanford University campus to the stark reality of the Metropolitan Detention Center highlights the drastic shift in his circumstances. 

Formerly under house arrest, he was moved to MDC after a judge revoked his bond for alleged witness intimidation.

Once celebrated as a prodigy in the crypto industry, Bankman-Fried's trial concluded with a conviction on multiple fraud charges. Facing a potential 110-year sentence, the sentencing is scheduled for March 28, marking a staggering downfall for the former billionaire.

The recently surfaced photo shows Bankman-Fried disheveled, thinner, and struggling with hygiene standards. 

Journalist Tiffany Fong notes his departure from the clean-shaven appearance he once maintained.

Bankman-Fried is grappling with harsh living conditions at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, considered one of the most troubled facilities in the Bureau of Prisons. Poor hygiene standards and the absence of internet access add to the challenges faced by the once high-flying entrepreneur.