The Bahamas police have launched an investigation after crypto exchange FTX filed for bankruptcy. In light of FTX's global collapse, a team of financial investigators is working closely with the island nation's securities regulator to investigate whether there has been any criminal wrongdoing, police said on Sunday. The Bahamas is where FTX's international operations are based, as well as resigning boss Sam Bankman-Fried. The securities regulator had previously stated that the company was suspected of having embezzled customer funds, among other things.
On Thursday, the Bahamian securities regulator said it had frozen certain FTX assets and requested a liquidator to handle the transaction. According to FTX, it applied for bankruptcy protection in the USA on Friday, and Bankman-Fried announced his resignation as boss. The legal counsel of FTX's US subsidiary, Ryne Miller, said on Twitter on Saturday that there had been "unauthorized transactions". British analytics firm Elliptic suggested that $473 million in crypto assets were stolen from FTX on Friday night.
As a 30-year-old star entrepreneur, Bankman-Fried had graced the front pages of well-known US business journals just a few months ago. His company, which was valued at 32 billion dollars by investors at times, collapsed completely within a few days. The FTX debacle also weighed on the already badly battered crypto market.