JPMorgan Chase agrees to pay $920 million over market manipulation

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NEW YORK — JPMorgan Chase, accused of presiding over thousands of episodes of illegal trading in precious metals and Treasury markets, said Tuesday that it will pay about $920 million as part of an agreement with the Justice Department.

The Justice Department said JPMorgan employees stationed on desks in New York, London and Singapore engaged in unlawful trading of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium futures contracts, scooping up orders with the intention of canceling them before they were executed.

“The conduct of the individuals referenced in today’s resolutions is unacceptable and they are no longer with the firm,” Daniel Pinto, co-president of JPMorgan, said in a statement.

The misconduct in metals markets — which began around 2008 and lasted into 2016 — involved 10 former traders, according to a deferred prosecution agreement signed by Stacey Friedman, the banking giant’s top lawyer.

Five former JPMorgan employees also participated in thousands of instances of illegal trading in Treasury markets, the agreement said.

“For nearly a decade, a significant number of JP Morgan traders and sales personnel openly disregarded U.S. laws that serve to protect against illegal activity in the marketplace,” William F. Sweeney Jr., the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, said in a statement.

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