The US Department of Justice has announced that a Federal grand jury has returned an indictment against three members of the infamous Cartel chat room that allegedly conspired to manipulate FX markets.
The one-count indictment, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, charges former RBS trader Richard Usher, ex-Citi head of spot FX Rohan Ramchandani and former Barclays trader Christ Ashton with conspiring to fix prices and rig bids for US dollars and euros exchanged in the FX spot market.
Court documents filed in New York this week indicate that three members of the notorious “Cartel” chat room have agreed to extradition to the US to be arraigned on charges of conspiracy to rig FX markets.
In a letter, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) states, “We are writing to confirm that each of the three defendants in the above-referenced case – Richard Usher, Rohan Ramchandani, and Christopher Ashton – have agreed to voluntarily appear before the Court on the charge brought against them by indictment in January of this year.
Richard Usher, Rohan Ramchandani and Chris Ashton, the three members of the now notorious “Cartel” chat room, have been found not guilty of FX market manipulation by a jury in New York.
It was alleged that between 2007 and 2013 Usher, Ramchandani and Ashton worked in coordination to fix prices and rig EUR/USD markets, participating in telephone calls and electronic messages, including near-daily conversations in a private electronic chat room, in order to achieve this. The indictment against them was issued in January of this year.
If found guilty the three could have each faced a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine.