Sam Bankman-Fried got in trouble as he’s staying with his parents in Palo Alto, California, awaiting a trial that will eventually happen for the multitude of fraud charges he was hit with. It’s not like he stayed up too late playing Fortnite or didn’t empty the dishwasher; it’s a tad more serious. The feds think he might be “witness tampering.”

That’s a big deal for someone who was allowed to post bail to avoid sitting in jail as he could. Prosecutors have urged U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan to update SBF”s bond agreement because they think he has been sending encrypted messages to potential witnesses. 

The filing was sent to the judge Friday and accused SBF of trying to contact “the current General Counsel of FTX US” by using Signal to send encrypted messages. They say he also sent an email on January 15.  

Here is what the prosecutors said he communicated to Ryne Miller, the current general counsel for the crypto exchange. 

“I would really love to reconnect and see if there’s a way for us to have a constructive relationship, use each other as resources when possible, or at least vet things with each other,”

But wait, there’s more. Bankman-Fried has supposedly tried reaching out to other current and former employees of the company he led into bankruptcy. The prosecutors believe SBV is trying to “vet things” with Miller, and they think he is trying to influence potential witnesses who may be called on to testify. 

The filing asks the judge to order Bankman-Fried to be banned from using “any encrypted or ephemeral call or messaging application, including but not limited to Signal.”

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