FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried’s motions to dismiss criminal charges were rejected by the judge.

A federal judge has refused to dismiss criminal charges against FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, after he filed seven pretrial motions to dismiss the bulk of the charges he faces. These include wire fraud, bank fraud, operating an unlicensed money transmitter, bribery, and campaign finance charges. Bankman-Fried had argued that the Bahamas had to consent to charges brought post-extradition, but prosecutors are now scheduled for an October 2, 2023 trial date on the first eight charges. The judge’s 41-page memorandum provides an explanation for rejecting four pretrial motions to dismiss, addressing questions of venue and whether prosecutors have alleged valid property right claims in bringing fraud charges. Judge Lewis Kaplan had previously allowed Bankman-Fried and prosecutors to sever five of the 13 charges brought against the former FTX CEO, setting a March 2024 trial date for those charges.