Feds ask judge to disregard ‘meritless’ Sam Bankman-Fried effort to spike mammoth multibillion-dollar crypto fraud case

NEW YORK — Sam Bankman-Fried’s alleged multibillion-dollar fraud involved more than mere regulatory violations, Manhattan federal prosecutors said in rebuttal to the suspect’s claim that most of the charges against him are not crimes. Bankman-Fried’s bid filed May 8 to dismiss eight of the 13 charges he faces is “meritless,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Danielle Sassoon wrote in a motion filed late Monday. “The charges track the relevant statutes, and the defendant’s alleged misconduct falls within the heartland of what these statutes prohibit,” Sassoon said. Prosecutors said they had interviewed d…