JPMorgan Chase & Co., Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA)
Court Docket No.: 20-CR-175
Court Assigned: This case is assigned to U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, Abraham Ribicoff Federal Building, United States Courthouse, 450 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06103.
On September 24, 2020, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMorgan) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Department of Justice and agreed to pay a total criminal monetary amount of $920,203,609 in a criminal monetary penalty, criminal disgorgement, and victim compensation. The DPA arises from criminal charges related to two discrete schemes to defraud involving unlawful trading activity in the markets for precious metals futures contracts, the markets for U.S. Treasury futures contracts, and the secondary (cash) market for U.S. Treasury notes and bonds.
According to court documents filed as part of the DPA, between approximately March 2008 and August 2016, numerous traders and salespeople on JPMorgan’s precious metals desk located in New York, London, and Hong Kong engaged in a scheme to defraud in connection with the purchase and sale of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium futures contracts (collectively, precious metals futures contracts) that traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange Inc. (NYMEX) and Commodity Exchange Inc. (COMEX), which are commodities exchanges operated by the CME Group, Inc. In tens of thousands of instances, traders on the precious metals desk placed orders to buy and sell precious metals futures contracts with the intent to cancel those orders before execution, including in an attempt to profit by deceiving other market participants through injecting false and misleading information concerning the existence of genuine supply and demand for precious metals futures contracts. In addition, on certain occasions, traders on the precious metals desk engaged in trading activity that was intended to deliberately trigger or defend barrier options held by JPMorgan and thereby avoid losses.
Also according to admissions and court documents, between approximately April 2008 and January 2016, traders on JPMorgan’s U.S. Treasuries desk located in New York and London engaged in a scheme to defraud in connection with the purchase and sale of U.S. Treasury futures contracts that traded on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), which is a commodities exchange operated by the CME Group, Inc., and of U.S. Treasury notes and bonds traded in the secondary cash market for (the U.S. Treasury futures, notes, and bonds, collectively, U.S. Treasury Products). In thousands of instances, traders on the U.S. Treasuries desk placed orders to buy and sell U.S. Treasury Products with the intent to cancel those orders before execution, including in an attempt to profit by deceiving other market participants through injecting false and misleading information concerning the existence of genuine supply and demand for U.S. Treasury Products
Under the terms of the DPA, the JPMorgan has agreed to pay a combined $920,203,609 in a criminal monetary penalty ($436,431,811), criminal disgorgement ($172,034,790), and victim compensation ($311,737,008), with the criminal monetary penalty credited for any payments made to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and with criminal disgorgement credited for $10 million paid to the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). JPMorgan has also agreed to, among other things, continue to cooperate with the department in any ongoing or future investigations and prosecutions, to enhance its compliance program where necessary and appropriate, and to report to the department regarding remediation and implementation of the compliance program.
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