Ex-JPMorgan gold trader condemned in spoofing trial

Former JPMorgan Chase gold and silver trader Christopher Jordan was founded guilty of wire scams impacting a banks by a federal jury in Chicago, the most recent win for U.S. district attorneys in their crackdown on prohibited “spoofing” trades and market control.

Jordan was condemned Friday after a four-day trial in the exact same court house where 2 of his more senior associates on the JPMorgan precious-metals desk were founded guilty in August on spoofing-related charges for misleading buy and offer orders. Jordan operated at the bank from 2006 to late 2009.

While his misleading trades happened prior to spoofing was made a criminal offense in 2010, he utilized the exact same method by positioning big orders he never ever planned to perform and rapidly canceled so he might make trades on the other side of the marketplace, district attorneys stated.

It belonged to a “scheme to rig gold and silver markets in his favor,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Beth Jennings stated in her closing declaration. “The spoof orders the defendant placed tricked other traders” and were planned to trick the marketplace about supply and need, she stated.

“We are sorely disappointed by today’s verdict,” stated defense attorney James Benjamin. “Chris Jordan is a good and honorable man who did his job in good faith.”
Jordan’s sentencing was tentatively set up for May, 2023.

The federal government has actually been targeting supposed market control because the 2008 monetary crisis, resulting in convictions of traders and settlements with huge banks.

JPMorgan, the biggest U.S. bank, concurred to pay $920 million in 2020 to settle Justice Department spoofing claims, without a doubt the most significant fine by any banks.

Jordan dealt with the JPMorgan precious-metals desk for about 3 years and after that invested a couple of months in 2010 working for Credit Suisse AG. It was throughout 2008, 2009 and 2010 that district attorneys declared Jordan was positioning orders to purchase and offer rare-earth elements without the intent to perform the trades.

Gregg Smith, JPMorgan’s previous leading precious-metals trader, and Michael Nowak, the desk’s chief, were founded guilty in August. They were condemned of controling markets with phony “spoofing” orders at the world’s biggest bullion bank. A 3rd offender, precious-metals salesperson Jeffrey Ruffo, was acquitted.

At the center of the case was a conference in between Jordan and an FBI representative in 2018, throughout which district attorneys argued that Jordan confessed to deceitful trading.

Defense lawyers for Jordan stated their customer never ever confessed particularly to spoofing or scams or any other type of prohibited activity — declares that the FBI representative, Jonathan Luca, verified throughout his testament on the witness stand.


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