'Flash Crash' Trader Pleads Guilty, Facing Up To 30 Years In Prison

Slashdot reader whoever57 writes;

Navinder Sarao, the British trader who was accused of causing the “flash crash” in 2010 and was extradited to the U.S. this week has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of spoofing. No details of the plea deal have been released, but it’s believed that he’s agreed to forfeit $13 million. Several years of jail time are also expected for Mr. Sarao.

From the Telegraph:
Sarao, a 37-year-old working out of a modest suburban home in Hounslow in west London, allegedly made tens of millions of dollars with a computer program that could automatically manipulate prices… “Navinder Sarao abused sophisticated technology to make a quick profit, and jeopardised the integrity of US financial markets,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell.
Sentencing guidelines suggest he’ll spend at least six and a half years in prison, though he faced a maximum possible sentence of 30 years and still faces the possibility of $38 million in sanctions.

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