Sam Bankman-Fried tells jurors he did not commit fraud

Sam Bankman-Fried tells jurors he did not commit fraud

Sam Bankman-Fried made a direct appeal to jurors who will decide his fate, testifying Friday that he made mistakes, large and small, while running the crypto exchange FTX, but that he did not defraud customers of several billion dollars.

Taking the witness stand in his own defense, Bankman-Fried sought to portray himself as a well-meaning entrepreneur who set out to improve crypto markets and unwittingly did “the opposite of that.”

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