NEW YORK (AP) — Entrepreneur in the cryptocurrency space Sam Bankman-Fried was sentenced to 25 years in jail on Thursday for a colossal fraud

 that affected hundreds of thousands of clients and came to an end with the demise of FTX, which was once among the most well-known platforms for trading digital currencies worldwide.

 Despite calling Bankman-Fried "very smart," U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan delivered a scathing indictment of Bankman-Fried and his crimes

 Then, he announced a sentence that was less than 25% of the 105 years that the court's probation officers recommended and half of what the prosecutors had requested.

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 investors, and lenders short of over $11 billion, which a judge ordered him to forfeit, is essentially unknown worldwide, according to Kaplan.

 After a meteoric rise that featured a Super Bowl commercial, congressional testimony,

 celebrity endorsements from athletes like quarterback Tom Brady, basketball point guard Stephen Curry,

 comedian Larry David, he was found guilty in November of fraud and conspiracy.

 According to the judge, Bankman-perjury Fried repeatedly made false statements when testifying, "often evasive, hair-splitting, dodging questions.

 In the Manhattan courtroom where Bankman-Fried had testified four months earlier, claiming that he had not intended