In the aftermath of the FTX scandal, a narrative unfolds around three individuals closely linked to Sam Bankman-Fried.

As Bloomberg reported recently, Caroline Ellison, Nishad Singh, and Gary Wang, once integral to the cryptocurrency exchange, played pivotal roles in the events leading to Bankman-Fried’s recent 25-year sentence for a multibillion-dollar fraud.

As per Bloomberg, the trio’s futures hang in balance as they await sentencing for their acknowledged involvement in FTX and Alameda Research’s fraudulent activities. Bloomberg says that history suggests that cooperation with authorities in white-collar crimes might lead to reduced sentences. However, the trio’s fate remains uncertain amidst comparisons to other high-profile cases like those of Andrew Fastow of Enron and Scott Sullivan of WorldCom.

The Bloomberg report details how societal trends towards leniency in sentencing, especially considering the younger ages of Ellison, Singh, and Wang, might influence their judicial outcomes. Their journey to cooperation began under duress; Ellison initiated talks with the government post an FBI raid, while Wang and Singh engaged with prosecutors following FTX’s bankruptcy announcement.

Since agreeing to testify against Bankman-Fried, Ellison, Singh, and Wang have maintained low profiles, notes the Bloomberg article. Apparently, Singh has returned to California, engaging in volunteer work and resuming his career in software engineering; Wang has secured employment in the tech industry; and Ellison’s current employment status is not clear.

Bloomberg goes on to say that their testimonies were crucial for the government’s case, providing an inside look into FTX’s operations and decision-making processes that misled investors and misappropriated funds, with the emotional and detailed accounts, particularly from Ellison, helping to paint a vivid picture of the fraud’s inner workings.

According to Bloomberg, the government’s preparation of a 5K letter summarizing the trio’s cooperation will significantly influence their sentencing. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan’s firsthand experience of their testimony could prove beneficial for them. Their cooperation, underscored by the significant penalties Bankman-Fried faces, including an $11 billion forfeiture, signifies the gravity of their actions.

The report also mentions that despite their cooperation, Ellison, Singh, and Wang face restrictions on their future endeavors, particularly in the crypto trading space, as per agreements with the U.S. SEC.