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Ex-Coinbase manager pleads guilty to wire fraud conspiracy

Ex-coinbase manager pleads guilty to wire fraud conspiracy

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  • Ishan Wahi, a former Coinbase product manager, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy.
  • His brother also faces wire fraud conspiracy charges.

Ishan Wahi, a former product manager of Coinbase (COIN), pleaded guilty on Tuesday to insider trading charges. He was accused of divulging confidential information regarding crypto assets listed on the exchange platform, despite initially claiming innocence in his defense. During the hearing, he surprisingly changed his stance and accepted responsibility for his actions.

In September 2022, Ishan’s brother, Nikhil, conceded to a wire fraud conspiracy charge for illegally profiting from information his brother Ishan had supposedly shared about at least 14 different Coinbase listings. The U.S. Department of Justice apprehended the Wahi brothers in late July and subsequently charged them with this crime.

On Monday, attorneys for Wahi contested the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s claim of securities fraud by submitting a motion to dismiss that argued the crypto tokens in question were not unregistered securities. The defense contended that these tokens did not meet the legal definition of a security, and thus Wahi had committed no wrongdoing.

The complaint argued that, even if true, the SEC’s allegations would not give rise to a claim of securities fraud since all nine tokens identified were utility tokens intended for platform use rather than investment. The crypto industry is eagerly waiting to find out if this motion will be granted; should it succeed, this could be a massive victory in its efforts against digital asset classification as securities. The SEC has until April 6 to respond.

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Damilola Lawrence

Damilola is a crypto enthusiast, content writer, and journalist. When he is not writing, he spends most of his time reading and keeping tabs on exciting projects in the blockchain space. He also studies the ramifications of Web3 and blockchain development to have a stake in the future economy.

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