Today marks a major victory for regulators and law enforcement in the fight against crypto-fraud. In a major case heard by a jury at a federal court in Los Angeles, Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and CEO of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX, was found guilty on all counts in a fraud trial. The trial dates back to 2017 when Bankman-Fried was accused of defrauding investors by misrepresenting the way the cryptocurrency exchange traded and operated. According to the US Attorney’s Office, Bankman-Fried had “told investors the exchange was an ‘exclusive,’ ‘high-end’ venue with ‘special’ features, such as ‘no fees.’” The prosecution argued that Bankman-Fried knew the exchange did not offer such features and had offered false instructions to investors on how to get the most benefit from the exchange. In its complaint, the US attorney’s office accused Bankman-Fried of “fraudulently obtaining funds from investors” and warned investors that they would “not receive the promised returns of their investments as advertised.” The story took a further twist when Bankman-Fried’s lawyer argued the alleged fraud was actually an innovative business plan — an attempt to “use a new trading algorithm to out-maneuver competitors in the cryptocurrency market.” The jury did not agree, however, and found Bankman-Fried guilty on all fourteen counts. The verdict marks a major victory for the US Attorney’s office and other law enforcement agencies in their crackdown on fraud in the cryptocurrency world. It’s a reminder to all investors to be diligent in their search for investment opportunities and to always conduct extensive research before investing in any crypto-related venture. While fraud and deception can be found in any market, investors should take extra caution to protect themselves by verifying information and doing their due diligence. Ultimately, this case serves as a warning that the law will not hesitate to prosecute those who attempt to defraud investors and that fraudsters in the crypto sector should take steps to ensure they are operating legally and ethically.