New Report Shows FTX Owe Customers about $8.7B as of Petition Date

UTC by Steve Muchoki · 3 min read
New Report Shows FTX Owe Customers about $8.7B as of Petition Date
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The report noted that former FTX Group officials including SBF commingled customer deposits and corporate funds, and misused them with unnecessary spending.

The FTX Trading Ltd and Alameda Research implosion remains a huge impediment to the growth of the cryptocurrency market in the United States. The unsolved matters involving hundreds of institutional investors and millions of retail crypto traders have raised a lot of eyebrows in the industry. Moreover, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has scaled its crypto exchanges scrutiny with Binance and Coinbase Global Inc (NASDAQ: COIN) already charged with listing unregistered securities tokens.

How FTX Officials Messed Customers Big Time

In a new report by the current FTX officials, it is evident that the former executives led by Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) commingled users’ funds with corporate interest for months before filing for a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on November 11, 2022.

According to John J. Ray III, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer of the FTX debtors, his team remains entirely focused on recovering as much value as possible for the creditors. Moreover, former FTX executives mishandled users’ funds and thus owed customers about $8.7 billion as of the petition date.

“The release of this report furthers our stated objective of transparency, both about the facts uncovered about the operation of FTX.com and the important issues being navigated as we seek to maximize recoveries.  The image that the FTX Group sought to portray as the customer-focused leader of the digital age was a mirage. From the inception of the FTX.com exchange, the FTX Group commingled customer deposits and corporate funds, and misused them with abandon at the direction and by the design of previous senior executives,” Ray noted.

The review is ostensibly ongoing and more details are expected to be released in future reports including a series in August 2023. The current FTX officials have sued several entities that were offered cash by former executives in a bid to recover as much capital as possible. Nonetheless, the recovery may not be a guarantee to affected investors of being made whole again. Moreover, SBF and his team hosted expensive parties and formula one (F1) sporting events that could be extremely difficult to recover from.

Meanwhile, the current FTX officials have included blockchain experts, a team of legal, restructuring, forensic accounting, asset tracing, and recovery to help trace the lost funds.

Bigger Picture

The possibility of FTX reopening its crypto exchange services under new management to help make customers whole again stands. Furthermore, there are FTX investors who still to date hold the FTT tokens due to a lack of proper liquidity. Nonetheless, the company faces regulatory uncertainty as the United States judicial system is expected to rule whether crypto assets are securities or commodities.

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