Gene Borrello, a former inmate at MDC, shared with crypto blogger Tiffany Fong that Sam Bankman-Fried was singled out due to his reserved demeanor and physical appearance resembling that of an 80-year-old.
During his pre-trial detention at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, Sam Bankman-Fried reportedly expressed concerns about his safety and even contemplated paying another inmate for protection, as revealed by a former inmate.
Gene Borrello, a former New York mob enforcer turned informant, shared in a November 30 interview with crypto blogger Tiffany Fong that he spent time with Bankman-Fried before his criminal trial. Borrello noted that SBF seemed uncomfortable in the jail environment and was anxious about his well-being.
During his stay in prison, Borrello mentioned that fellow inmates perceived the ex-crypto mogul as shy and frail, comparing him to an 80-year-old in terms of physical condition. There was a belief among them that he likely had access to money.
Sam Bankman-Fried was kept in a special section of the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center that is reserved for high-profile inmates and people who are cooperating with the government, according to Borello. This section is separate from the general prison population.
“I kept saying: ‘It’s not dangerous in here. You don’t need protection. Don’t worry about it. You ain’t got to pay nobody nothing. Don’t listen to these fucking kids.”
Borello expressed his view that Bankman-Fried should avoid engaging with a larger population because his substantial wealth, estimated to have reached $26 billion at its highest point, could make him a target for extortion by others.