Sam Bankman-Fried Found Guilty On All Counts At Fraud Trial Over Crypto Exchange In a stunning reversal, Sam Bankman-Fried, founder of popular cryptocurrency exchange FTX, has been found guilty on all counts in a fraud trial related to launching a crypto exchange platform in South Korea. The ruling in Seoul Central District Court marks a dramatic turn of events for Bankman-Fried and comes after a months-long trial where he faced 18 charges of fraud, embezzlement, and illegal foreign exchange trading. The charges resulted from a 2017 investigation into fraudulent activities related to the launch of a local cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea. At the time of the launch of the exchange, Bankman-Fried and his co-conspirators are accused of embezzling more than $2 million worth of funds from their customers. They are also accused of illegally transferring South Korean Won from their customers’ deposit accounts, and engaging in foreign exchange trading without a license. In a statement to the press, Bankman-Fried denied any wrongdoing and expressed his disappointment with the ruling. He also noted that he has requested an appeal hearing in hopes of overturning the court’s decision. The case against Bankman-Fried has shone a spotlight on the growing number of cryptocurrency related crimes in South Korea. As such, the ruling has raised concerns among foreign investors over the safety of their investments in the country. The trial has also highlighted the importance of abiding by local laws when launching a cryptocurrency exchange in a foreign jurisdiction. Countries that have adopted more stringent regulations are much less likely to be the target of fraudulent activities. Although the ruling against Bankman-Fried may be seen as a victory for South Korea, it also serves to underscore how difficult it can be to launch a legal cryptocurrency exchange in the country. Investors may be reluctant to invest not only due to the threat of fraud, but also due to the uncertainty of the regulatory landscape in the country. Overall, the ruling against Bankman-Fried and his co-conspirators should serve as a warning for potential investors looking to enter the country’s crypto space. By following the law and engaging in only legitimate activities, investors can ensure that their investments remain secure.