As Chad Bray reports for the Wall Street Journal, 34-year-old finance trader
Matthew Taylor pleaded guilty in federal court today to a
white collar crime charge of wire fraud. The fraud involved a staggering $8.3 billion trade
that he made while employed at Goldman Sachs.
Goldman Sachs said: “Matt Taylor provided false explanations when
confronted about irregularities we detected in his account during […]
the trading day,” while U.S. District Judge William Pauley III was
more direct: “He cooked the books.”
The unauthorized trade was said to have caused a loss of more than $118
million to Goldman Sachs. Taylor says he made the trade in order to earn
more compensation at the end of the year.
According to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which brought a
civil lawsuit against Taylor, Taylor “fabricated” trades by
doing an end-run around an internal system that would have sent those
trades to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
As Bray reports, Taylor’s conviction for wire fraud means he could
get up to 20 years behind bars.
At the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr., we defend people against
all kinds of white collar charges, including wire fraud.