Ex-Goldman trader's fraud caused $118 mln loss: US regulator
In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said Matthew Marshall Taylor had manually entered fake trades in November and December 2007, in an attempt to conceal an $8.3 billion position in futures contracts.
The scheme cost the bank $118.44 million, the CFTC said.
By entering fabricated trades and concealing the position ... (the) defendant engaged in fraudulent acts and practices, the civil fraud complaint said. Taylor's fabricated trades had the effect of concealing and misrepresenting the size of his e-mini futures position within his employer's internal systems.
The CFTC is seeking a $130,000 civil penalty against Taylor, who currently resides in Florida, the complaint said.
Ross Intelisano, a lawyer for Taylor, could not immediately be reached for comment.
The CFTC complaint did not name Goldman but referred to Taylor's employer at the time of the suspected fraud only as a large Futures Commission merchant.
However, broker records from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Wall Street's industry funded regulator, showed that Taylor was discharged from Goldman in Dec. 2007 for alleged conduct related to inappropriately large proprietary futures positions in a firm trading account.
A Goldman Sachs spokeswoman said the bank had terminated Taylor's employment after his suspected conduct had been discovered, and that customer funds had not been affected.
The trader provided false explanations when confronted about irregularities we
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