Former Convergex Markets Trader Pleads Guilty

April 8, 2015

47-year-old Michael Marshall of Bermuda pleaded guilty in the District of New Jersey to one count of conspiracy to falsify the books and records of a broker-dealer, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

A statement from the U.S. Department of Justice said, “Michael Craig Marshall, 47, of Bermuda, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares of the District of New Jersey, to one count of conspiracy to falsify the books and records of a broker-dealer.

“According to court documents, CGM Limited and G-Trade Services, LLC [G-Trade] were both wholly owned subsidiaries of ConvergEx Group LLC [ConvergEx Group]. G-Trade was a registered U.S. broker-dealer. As part of his plea today, Marshall admitted that clients placed orders to buy or sell securities with G-Trade, and G-Trade then routed the orders to CGM Limited.

“Marshall further admitted that traders at CGM Limited regularly added a mark-up [an additional amount paid for the purchase of a security] or mark-down [a reduction of the amount received for the sale of a security] when executing the orders. Employees of CGM Limited, G-Trade and other ConvergEx Group entities referred to mark-ups and mark-downs as “spread,” “trading profits” or “TP.”

“At his plea hearing today, Marshall admitted that he and the other coconspirators falsified G-Trade’s books and records.

“In particular, Marshall admitted that he reviewed falsified transaction reports for two trades executed in August 2009 to verify that the falsified data regarding the quantities, prices and times of the purchases reflected on the report matched actual trades that had been executed on the market on Aug. 7, 2009, by both G-Trade’s client and other market participants.

“The reports hid the fact that spread had been taken on the brokerage orders, Marshall admitted. These reports were later provided to G-Trade’s client.

“On Dec. 18, 2013, Jonathan Daspin, the head trader at CGM Limited, Thomas Lekargeren, a sales trader at a different ConvergEx subsidiary, and CGM Limited each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud. On the same day, ConvergEx Group entered into a deferred prosecution agreement. Collectively, the two ConvergEx entities paid $43.8 million in criminal penalties and restitution.

“The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the USPIS offices in Washington, D.C. and New York. The case is being prosecuted by Senior Trial Attorneys Jason Linder and Patrick Pericak of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Schwartz of the District of New Jersey.

“Fraud Section Assistant Chief Robert Zink and Trial Attorney Justin Goodyear also assisted with the investigation. The Department appreciates the substantial assistance of the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

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  1. shadish says:

    this is a crime?….i thought…..oh wait…i’m sorry…when govt.s doit it’s ok…yes yes i am sorry…two sets of rules …quite right…

  2. Coffee says:

    Lock him up !

  3. blow in says:

    lucky they had a spare 43.8 million stated away or they could have been in trouble, paid the fine with CLIENTS MONEY, very handy