Sam Bankman-Fried Requests Exemption from Security Checks for Visitors

Lawyers representing Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) have asked Judge Lewis Kaplan to allow certain individuals to visit their client without undergoing security checks as a requirement.

Despite being permitted to live at his parents’ house, the former CEO of FTX must adhere to strict restrictions. He is required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, and a security guard must be present whenever he has guests.

SBF’s Request

Bankman-Fried’s legal team has sent an official letter to Judge Lewis Kaplan of the New York District Court. They are asking the court to allow certain individuals from their client’s close circle of friends to visit him at his parents’ house in Palo Alto, California. They assert that these gatherings can take place without a security guard constantly present.

“On behalf of our client, Samuel Bankman-Fried, we respectfully request that the Court issue an order permitting the people on the attached list to visit his parents’ house without the need for a security guard to be present,”

In addition to “close friends,” the list of individuals includes colleagues of Barbara Fried and Joseph Bankman, who are SBF’s parents.

The lawyers have also requested that the names of these people remain undisclosed to the public for security reasons.


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“Even assuming that the list of people can be considered a ‘judicial document,’ the individuals’ privacy and safety interests outweigh any presumption of access to the list. Thus, it is justified to protect their identities from public disclosure,” the letter states.

Challenges Faced by the Family

Keeping the identities of the visitors “under seal” may be necessary because SBF and his parents have previously experienced violence and harassment.

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As reported by CryptoPotato in January, three men intentionally crashed their car into the barricade of the family’s house, boldly stating to a security officer:

“You won’t be able to keep us out.”

The men drove away without being apprehended. This incident occurred two months after the collapse of FTX and shortly after a New York federal judge granted SBF permission to reside with his family under a $250 million bond.

It remains uncertain whether the men in the car were disgruntled investors from the now-defunct exchange seeking revenge for their potential losses.

Bankman-Fried is facing multiple fraud charges and is considered by many regulators and agencies to be the main individual responsible for the crash. The trial in October will determine his guilt and the subsequent punishment.

By Team