The guilty confessions of Barclays PLC, Citicorp, J.P. Morgan Chase &Co., The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and UBS AG can be used in the trial of ex-forex dealers, says Judge Richard M. Berman. As part of his plea, Katz agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department in the ongoing investigation. He also secured an agreement announced by the Federal Reserve Board, which would ban him from the banking sector. Katz`s plea came after Barclays and three other banks pleaded guilty last year to plotting to manipulate the currency`s prices. Barclays has agreed to pay $2.4 billion to resolve related US and UK investigations. Jason Katz, a former barclays dealer who later worked at BNP Paribas SA BNPP. Pa pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to participating in a conspiracy to fix prices and became the first person to admit criminal misconduct in the investigation. A fifth bank, UBS Group AG UBSG. S, pleaded guilty to manipulating policy rates.
The five banks will be tried Thursday in a federal court in Connecticut. NEW YORK (Reuters) – A former barclays plc barc. The Trader pleaded guilty Wednesday to U.S. charges resulting from a global investigation into foreign exchange price manipulation at major banks, the U.S. Department of Justice said. At the request of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to be able to refer to the confessions of guilt of some of the world`s leading banks during the trial of former currency brokers known as the FX cartel or FX mafia, Judge Richard M. Berman, of the New York District Court, today sided with the U.S. government. In July, HSBC Holdings Plc was HSBA. Senior employee Mark Johnson was arrested and charged with a former executive for participating in a fraudulent program involving a monetary transaction worth $3.5 billion. Johnson pleaded not guilty. Other banks that pleaded guilty in the exchange investigation in May 2015 included, in addition to Barclays, a unit of Citigroup Inc C.N, JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM.
N and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc RBS.L. In May 2015, Barclays PLC, Citicorp, J.P. Morgan Chase &Co., The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and UBS AG entered into separate agreements with the US Department of Justice. Banks plead guilty to Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1, by “conspiring to fix, stabilize, maintain, increase or reduce and manipulate the price of offers and offers or the EUR/USD pair traded on the foreign exchange market, agreeing to eliminate competition when buying and selling the EUR/USD pair in the United States and elsewhere”. Simon Fowles, former head of FX Trading at Wells Fargo, insists he has no personal knowledge of issues related to the complaint against top banks like JP Morgan and Bank of America. According to Section I of the Sherman Act, former traders are virtually charged with the same conduct as presented in Pleas Bank, namely “participating in a combination and conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition for the purchase and sale of EUR/USD in the United States and elsewhere, by fixing, stabilizing, strengthening, reducing and manipulating the price of EUR/USD in the PX spot market”. The U.S. government says it should be able to cross-examine a witness with facts that tend to show that banks did not tolerate merchant behavior.