As the celebrity computer scientist and former hedge fund manager, Sam Bankman-Fried, navigates his new role as the CEO of FTX, he is now facing criminal fraud charges in a court of law. The allegations against him involve a commission-free crypto trading app that he created, which ultimately defrauded users of almost ten million dollars. Bankman-Fried was called to the stand during the trial, in order to answer to the charges. The prosecutor presented Bankman-Fried with documents that he himself had signed and submitted as part of the application for his trading app. Bankman-Fried’s words, from those documents, were used against him in an effort to prove that he knowingly misled users. Bankman-Fried argued that he was not aware of the fraudulent behavior and claimed that investors were aware of the risks associated with the project. Despite his protests, the jury was forced to consider the evidence presented. In the end, Bankman-Fried was found guilty of two counts of fraud in the second degree and was sentenced to six years in prison. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims of the fraud. This case serves as a sobering reminder of the potential consequences of fraud, even when it is committed by a respected figure in the tech world. It also highlights how important it is for all business owners to be as transparent and upfront as possible with their customers in order to avoid legal issues. Bankman-Fried may have been a household name in the tech world, but when it comes to the law, personal reputation means nothing. All businesses need to operate with respect to the law and the rights of their customers, no matter who is running the show.