The founder of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried, is having difficulties preparing for his upcoming fraud trial due to a lack of sufficient food in prison, according to his lawyer.
He has pleaded not guilty to seven criminal charges in a new indictment, with his bail having been revoked two weeks ago.
Lawyer reveals inadequate jail conditions and medication shortages
Bankman-Fried’s lawyer, Mark Cohen, mentioned that the inadequate food at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn is hindering his client’s trial preparations.
The lawyer also stated that Bankman-Fried hasn’t received the ADHD drug Adderall and that his supply of the depression medication Emsam is running low.
Bankman-Fried was once a billionaire and a prominent figure in the cryptocurrency industry, but FTX’s collapse led to his legal troubles. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2022, impacting the cryptocurrency market.