Sam Bankman-Fried ‘surprisingly upbeat’ on meeting sexy crypto influencer Tiffany Fong

FTX’s cushy bad boy Sam Bankman-Fried’s cushy house arrest was brightened Tuesday by a visit from a lonely sexy crypto influencer who said he sounded “surprisingly upbeat” ahead of his trial on multiple charges. of fraud, The Post has learned.

Sources said Tiffany Fong stayed late at night during her trip to see the accused fraudster – currently locked up in her mother and father’s home in Stanford, Calif. – who has been charged by the federal government in this which is shaping up to be one of the biggest financial problems. scandals in history.

Fong, 26, who specializes in crypto content, was the first person FTX founder Bankman-Fried spoke to about his polyamorous sex life in a phone call that was first published in November.

Tiffany Fong has closely covered the collapse of Bankman-Fried cryptocurrency exchange FTX and cryptocurrency lending company Celsius Network.
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Fong posed for a photo with President Joe Biden at the White House Christmas party this year.
Fong posed for a photo with President Joe Biden at the White House Christmas party this year.
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However, when contacted by The Post, she said she met the former billionaire under ankle surveillance in the house library and their conversation was strictly business.

Fong said Bankman-Fried “seems similar to who he always is,” adding that he “remains surprisingly optimistic, though mindful of [the gravity of his situation]”, referring to the prison sentence of up to 115 years to which he faces if he is convicted on all counts.

“He doesn’t seem to want to talk too much about worst-case scenarios,” she added.

Bankman-Fried was arrested in the Bahamas, where he ran crypto exchange FTX before it collapsed on December 12. He was imprisoned for a week in the notorious, rat-infested PKB Hill prison before agreeing to be extradited. in the USA.

Sam Bankman-Fried (FTX) leaves Manhattan Federal Court.
Bankman-Fried reportedly received many visitors while under house arrest at his parents’ California home.
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The road leading to Bankman-Fried's parents' house has been closed to the public.
The road leading to Bankman-Fried’s parents’ house has been closed to the public.
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Fong added that they had “addressed his time at PKB Hill”, but would not be drawn to how he had done in prison.

She added: ‘He definitely expressed regret and remorse on several occasions,’ during their conversation, for the clients who lost millions as a result of Bankman-Fried’s alleged financial misdeeds that led to the collapse. from FTX.

“He is trying to put together his point of view on the events…. He looked like he was trying to collect his thoughts on what happened,” Fong added, noting that Bankman-Fried was on his computer as they talked, but not playing.

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Fong is a popular crypto influencer.
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As part of its $250 million bond agreement, Bankman-Fried is allowed on the internet but not allowed to make purchases over $1,000 or start a business. He is only allowed to leave the house for exercise, legal meetings, or court-mandated addiction and mental health treatment.

According to sources, “Bankman-Fried’s parents must formally approve any visitors beforehand, so they know what’s going on. It is their house.

Fong – who has 19,000 YouTube subscribers and 39,000 Twitter followers – describes her current LinkedIn activity as a freelance “reluctant crypto content creator” and said she happened to be in nearby San Francisco to spend the holidays with her sister and her husband when she received a message from Bankman-Fried.

Rising rapidly in the Crypto community, Fong caught the attention of the Biden administration, who invited her to the White House Christmas party, where she joked about letting Biden “smell my hair,” in a post. Instagram of her smiling alongside the president.

In another post from inside the White House, she joked, “Hello @potus, I have a few questions about your son’s laptop.”

She has been following the FTX implosion and Bankman-Fried’s legal troubles closely on her Youtube channel, which she claims to have started “unleashing” on cryptocurrency.

In her first video, posted in June, Fong explained how she lost $200,000 in the collapse of US crypto lender Celsius Network, which filed for bankruptcy in New York in July.

Fong has also closely covered the fallout from Celsius Network and its founder and former CEO Alex Machinsky on his channel.

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Fong said he lost $200,000 due to Celsius crypto network crash

Bankman-Fried’s interview schedule hasn’t slowed down despite being placed under house arrest in his parents’ $4 million home, a Stanford law professor, which they had to post as collateral to meet his demands of bail.

It was visited for several hours by best-selling author Michael Lewis on Friday, as he appears to turn the collapse of his crypto empire into a blockbuster.

Sources told the Post on Tuesday that the “Moneyball” and “The Big Short” writer met with Bankman-Fried just hours after arriving in California — likely to talk about how a 30-year-old man went from a billionaire CEO to face life in prison in a matter of weeks.

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