Brother of ex-Coinbase manager pleads guilty to insider trading charge

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Brother of ex-Coinbase manager pleads guilty to insider trading charge © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A representation of the cryptocurrency is seen in front of Coinbase logo in this illustration taken, March 4, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The brother of a former Coinbase (NASDAQ:) Global Inc product manager pleaded guilty on Monday to a wire fraud conspiracy charge in what U.S. prosecutors have called the first insider trading case involving cryptocurrency.

Nikhil Wahi said in a virtual court hearing before U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska that he made trades based on confidential Coinbase information.

Prosecutors say Ishan Wahi, the former product manager, shared confidential information with his brother and their friend Sameer Ramani about forthcoming announcements of new digital assets that Coinbase would allow users to trade.

Ishan Wahi has pleaded not guilty. Ramani, who was also charged, is at large.

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