Today, the Commission filed an Amended Complaint to add Defendants Caroline Ellison (“Ellison”) and Zixiao “Gary” Wang (“Wang”) to the Complaint against Samuel Bankman-Fried (“Bankman-Fried”), Alameda Research LLC (“Alameda”), FTX Trading Ltd. d/b/a FTX.com (“FTX Trading”) and various subsidiaries, affiliates and related entities, collectively doing business as “FTX.com” or simply “FTX”. Both Wang and Ellison played critical roles in perpetrating an international fraudulent scheme that caused the loss of over $8 billion in FTX customer deposits and must be held accountable.
I commend the hardworking men and women of our Enforcement Division for moving with great urgency and doggedness in pursuing these wrongdoers. I am grateful to our civil and criminal partners for working in parallel with the Commission to ensure justice is done. These cooperative enforcement efforts have enhanced the impact of our enforcement program and its deterrent effect.
Ellison and Wang must accept responsibility for their deceitful acts as set forth in the Amended Complaint and consent orders. The enormity of the financial losses and blatant fraudulent misconduct warrants the imposition of significant sanctions and meaningful injunctive relief when the damages aspect of the case against Ellison and Wang is resolved. I will continue to advocate for the Commission to be tireless as we pursue all those who played a role in this fraudulent scheme.
I also remind the public to take great care if they trade their hard-earned money in cash or “spot” transactions on commodity digital asset trading platforms. The CFTC does not regulate Bitcoin or any other cash or “spot” digital asset transactions, and market participants on these platforms do not have the same protections as those who trade on derivatives markets regulated by the CFTC.