Stark expressed surprise that the authorities did not include Bankman-Fried’s parents as defendants in their legal actions.
Sam Bankman-Fried Parents Could Be Named ‘Relief Defendants’
John Reed Stark suggested Bankman-Fried parents as individuals who might have benefited from the alleged wrongdoings of their son. He said the SEC should have brought them into the lawsuit, possibly as relief defendants.
Relief defendants are typically not accused of wrongdoing but may hold assets acquired through illicit means.
“I cannot comprehend why the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have not added SBF’s parents as defendants. For the SEC, SBF’s parents should at least be named as relief defendants,” Stark said.
Bankman-Fried is the child of Allan Bankman and Barbara Fried. Allan Bankman is a Stanford law professor, while Barbara Fried is a professor emerita at the same law school.
Last week, FTX initiated clawback actions against Bankman-Fried’s parents. The bankrupt exchange alleges they manipulated their relationship to enrich themselves and are looking to recover their gains.