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Coinbase Ex-Manager Pleads Not Guilty To Insider Trading Charges
Ishan Wahi, a former product manager at Coinbase Global Inc, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to wire fraud charges in what U.S. prosecutors called the first insider trading case involving cryptocurrency.
Muskaan T.
9:23 3rd Aug, 2022
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Former Coinbase (COIN) product manager Ishan Wahi has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of insider trading, according to a Reuters report on Wednesday.

Ishan Wahi is accused of sharing information about which crypto assets the exchange would be listing next with his brother Nikhil Wahi and Sameer Ramani prior to the actual listing. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also brought charges against the three tied to the same insider trading allegations.

Ishan Wahi allegedly shared information about at least 14 different listings at Coinbase, and the defendants made up to $1.5 million through the scheme, according to the Justice Department, though the SEC put the figure at closer to $1.1 million.

This is the second insider trading case involving crypto that the Department of Justice has pursued.

The case has also attracted attention because the SEC named nine tokens as securities in the proceedings, albeit without charging the issuers or Coinbase for listing them.

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