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Nishad Singh enters guilty plea with apologies

Court gavel with books, closeup
Court gavel with books, closeup

Nishad SinghDespite the fact that the cryptocurrency exchange site FTX has been down for several months, the crackdown on its leadership continues.

Former FTX executive Nishad Singh just pled guilty.

He is now supporting the FBI in its probe into the alleged billion-dollar swindle at the formerly unmovable exchange.

The news

Nishad Singh, the platform’s former director of engineering, pled guilty to six charges of conspiracy, including:

  • Conspiracy to commit wire fraud
  • Conspiracy to commit money laundering
  • Conspiracy to violate federal campaign finances laws

Singh is Sam Bankman-third Fried’s top executive and close confidante to submit a guilty plea.

He joins Gary Wang, the exchange’s co-founder, and Caroline Ellison, the former CEO of the exchange’s sister hedge fund, Alameda Research.

Wang and Ellison made guilty pleas in 2022 and are presently working together against SBF.

“Today’s guilty plea underscores once again that the crimes at FTX were vast in scope and consequence,” said Damian Williams, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“They rocked our financial markets with a multibillion-dollar fraud. And they corrupted our politics with tens of millions of dollars in illegal straw campaign contributions.”

“The crimes demand swift and certain justice, and that is exactly what we are seeking in the Southern District of New York.”


Once the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodities Futures Trading Commission filed civil charges against him, Nishad Singh agreed to settle.

As part of the SEC deal, Singh agreed to be restricted from serving as an officer or director.

In order for the deal to be finalized, a judge must sign off on it and decide how much penalties and disgorgement Nishad Singh must pay in addition to the ban time.

Despite this, Singh did not contest his liability, according to the CFTC.

Among the remedies sought by the government are restitution, disgorgement, and permanent trade restrictions.


Nishad Singh’s attorneys, Andrew Goldstein and Russell Capon, delivered an apologetic statement on Tuesday.

“Nishad is deeply sorry for his role in this and has accepted responsibility for his actions.”

“He wants to do everything he can to make things right for victims, including by assisting the government to the best of his ability in this case.”

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The head of the company

Although Nishad Singh, Gary Wang, and Caroline Ellison face heavy punishment, the leader of their shattered empire awaits him.

According to prosecutors and the worldwide community, Sam Bankman-Fried is facing 12 criminal accusations for his role in one of the greatest financial robberies in history.

SBF pleaded not guilty to several of the claims in the face of overwhelming proof.

He will appear in court at some time in the future, with a date for some of the claims still to be decided.

Sam Bankman-Fried has also been released on a $250,000 bail.

The allegations

Authorities allege that, among others, Sam Bankman-Fried, Nishad Singh, Gary Wang, and Caroline Ellison stole customer accounts at FTX.

They reportedly utilized the funds for the following purposes:

  • Strengthen Alameda Research’s business operations
  • Self Enrichment
  • Create venture investments
  • Buy the influence of US politicians

According to authorities, SBF raised around $1.8 billion from investors.

Political influence

This Monday, an indictment was unsealed against him, indicating that prosecutors alleged more than 300 political donations were made.

The contributions were made in an apparent attempt to influence bitcoin legislation and regulation.

Furthermore, they were carried out under the identities of two FTX employees identified in the charges as CC-1 and CC-2.

According to those acquainted with the situation and federal and state election records, CC-1 is Nishad Singh and CC-2 is Ryan Salame.

Prosecutors believe Singh was chosen to represent left-wing donations.

According to the indictment, SBF planned to give at least $1 million to a super PAC supporting a candidate for a US House seat who seemed to be pro-LGBTQIIA+ issues.

According to reports, an SBF political strategist persuaded Nishad Singh to bear the blame for the contribution, telling him:

“In general, you being the center left face of our spending will mean you giving to a lot of woke *** for transactional purposes.”

Prosecutors stated that Nishad Singh expressed concern, but admitted that no one at the business trusted someone who was “bi/gay” and capable of making the payment.

Also, before the 2022 midterm elections, an FTX employee was accused with transferring $107,000 from SBF’s account to the New York Democratic Committee.

According to the indictment, they were told to change it to imply it came from CC-1.

According to records, Nishad Singh gave $107,000 to the committee on October 28.

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