DOJ gets guilty plea in first crypto insider trading case


The Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained its first guilty plea for the insider trading of cryptocurrency assets.

Nikhil Wahi, brother of former Coinbase product manager Ishan Wahi, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud conspiracy Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Ishan Wahi was hired as part of the Coinbase asset listing team in 2020. Coinbase is one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, and Wahi’s job gave him access to confidential information about when certain cryptocurrency assets would be listed on the company’s exchange.

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