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Plus, we explore why Ethereum's co-founder is dumping MakerDAO, how Grayscale is hoarding Ethereum in an intriguing manner, and the absurdity of the UK's crypto inheritance tax. Folks, if you think this FTX story is just about transfers, you're in for a ride. Wait till you hear about the yachts and courtrooms. Hit that subscribe button, you're not going to want to miss this. Bankrupt Exchange FTX has been making some eyebrow-raising moves lately. A cold wallet owned by the exchange transferred almost $10 million in altcoins from Solana to Ethereum since August 31st. The altcoins involved include Link, Sushi, Luna, and Wi-Fi. These transfers were conducted via the wormhole bridge. The reasons behind these transfers remain undisclosed. In another development, a recent filing revealed that FTX's debtors used company funds for internal cash payments to executives and direct transfers to the American Yacht Group. The list includes over $900 million in transfers to Sam Bankman-Fried, labeled simply as cash payment, $15.5 million in cash transfers, and a $3.5 million transfer to ex-Alameda CEO Caroline Ellison. The filing also showed a $2.5 million payout to the American Yacht Group for ex-Alameda co-CEO Sam Trabuco. Now here's what I'm thinking. The movement of $10 million in altcoins from Solana to Ethereum is significant. Solana has been touted as an Ethereum killer, yet here we have FTX moving assets back to Ethereum. What does that tell us about the confidence level in Solana's ecosystem? We're going to be talking more about Solana and Ethereum in a later segment. For now, the $900 million transfer to Sam Bankman-Fried is another red flag. This isn't pocket change, it's nearly a billion dollars. It's hard to ignore the distrust this breeds, especially when the Justice Department alleges that Bankman-Fried quote, misappropriated and embezzled FTX customer deposits. The $2.5 million yacht for Sam Trabuco is the cherry on top. It's a glaring example of how too much power can lead to questionable decisions. Trabuco announced his resignation a few months before the company's collapse, and yet he walks away with the yacht. But just when you thought the financial maze couldn't get more intricate, another key player makes a move that could be a game changer. Robinhood is a platform that's no stranger to making headlines. And here they are, making headlines again. The common thread here, FTX founders in their complex web of financial and legal entanglements. Robinhood's decision to reenter the scene not only alters the landscape, it adds another layer of complexity to the ongoing saga. Robinhood repurchased a significant stake previously owned by FTX founders Sam Bankman-Fried and Gary Wayne. The shares, amounting to $55 million, were initially seized by the U.S. Marshals Service as part of a criminal case against Bankman-Fried. The repurchase cost Robinhood $605 million. The shares were owned through a holding company called Emergent Fidelity Technologies. Wayne pled guilty to multiple charges, including wire fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud. SBF, on the other hand, continues to plead not guilty to similar charges. The repurchase agreement was approved by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Now let's dig into the implications of this massive repurchase. First off, Robinhood's willingness to spend $605 million to buy back these shares speaks volumes about its aggressive growth plans. But what's even more intriguing is the timing. This move could be seen as a strategic play to distance themselves from the legal entanglements surrounding FTX and its founders. And let's not forget the role of the U.S. government here. The involvement of the Marshals Service in seizing and then selling these shares back to Robinhood could be perceived as the government having too much control over private assets. This is especially concerning for anyone that values financial freedom and is wary of government intervention. Robinhood's $605 million repurchase is more than just a business transaction. It's a complex web of legal, ethical, and financial considerations that could have far-reaching implications for the crypto world. And as always, it's crucial to stay vigilant and question the motives behind such significant moves in the crypto landscape. All that said, there may be something of a silver lining for some people here. As I recall, when FTX tumbled, those Robinhood shares were worth around $585 million, which by my calculations means there's some $20 million in profit here. That money should be going to FTX's creditors, another $20 million towards making things right. I mean, I hope that money isn't going to the federal government or the Marshals Service. They certainly don't need it more than the creditors do. Ever wonder what happens when the idols of crypto reveal that they've got feet of clay? Ben Armstrong's emotional spill is up next. Like and follow so you're always in the loop.