JP Morgan Blames Bear Stearns For ‘Criminal Enterprise’ At Precious Metals Trading Desk

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 09/17/2019

Now that prosecutors have blamed what they have described as a criminal organization operating inside JP Morgan, it appears the largest bank in the US by assets is resorting to an old strategy for sloughing off accusations of corporate fraud: Blaming it all on an acquisition.

According to Bloomberg, two traders who joined JPM’s precious metals trading desk after the takeover of Bear Stearns helped introduce the illegal manipulation strategy known as ‘spoofing’ to their peers on the desk, including the bank’s now-former head of the bank’s precious metals trading desk, Michael Nowak, who was one of three employees charged with participating in an organized fraud yesterday. Though prosecutors allege that some of the desk’s employees were already engaged in ‘deceptive practices’.

The two men who purportedly brought ‘spoofing’ to JP Morgan are Gregg Smith, one of the men arrested yesterday, and Christiaan Trunz, who joined the desk after JPM’s government-backed takeover of Bear Stearns. Trunz was famously quoted in yesterday’s indictment, including one exchange where he was telling a co-conspirator about fake orders being put out by Smith.

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