The founder of FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), has been sentenced to 25 years in prison by a New York judge for orchestrating an $8 billion theft from customers of the cryptocurrency exchange.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan issued a sentence following the conviction of Bankman-Fried on seven charges of fraud and conspiracy linked to the downfall of FTX in 2022. 

Kaplan dismissed Bankman-Fried's defense that no customer losses occurred, accusing him of perjury during the proceedings.

At the sentencing, Bankman-Fried expressed remorse for the harm FTX customers experienced, stating he regrets the events that unfolded. 

However, Judge Kaplan highlighted the crime's gravity, pointing out the substantial financial losses incurred by FTX customers, equity investors, and the hedge fund's lenders, amounting to billions.

Kaplan also pointed out Bankman-Fried's deceit during the trial, especially concerning his awareness of the misuse of customer funds. 

The prosecution had advocated for a more severe sentence, underlining the enormity and repercussions of the fraud.

The downfall of Bankman-Fried marked a significant turn from his rapid ascent in the crypto world, driven by a vast embezzlement operation at FTX, causing considerable losses for investors and customers. 

Despite some viewing the 25-year sentence as lenient, Kaplan explained his decision, noting limitations in the sentencing guidelines and the potential for more findings of obstruction. 

He remarked, "I have limited my findings on obstruction to support the finding - there may be more. The total offense level is 60 - once you cross 43, it cannot go higher. The guideline is life in prison. But the maximum is 1,320 months in this case."

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