What is the likely sentence for former OpenSea exec Nate Chastain convicted of wire fraud, money laundering

A jury in New York found Nate Chastain, the former Head of Product of Opensea, guilty of wire fraud and money laundering for his conduct back in September 2021.

The case is often described as “insider trading” of NFTs, even though technically the case did not include insider trading of securities. In a prior post, we explained the Supreme Court precedent, Carpenter v. United States, which supports the application of the wire fraud statute to a situation in which an employee uses confidential business information of his employee, without authorization “devis[ing] any scheme or artifice … for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses.”

Read More

How is insider trading of NFTs a felony if it doesn’t involve a 10b-5 securities violation? The wire fraud theory in U.S. v. Nate Chastain, former OpenSea employee.

Yesterday, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY Damian Williams announced an indictment against Nathaniel Chastain who allegedly traded at least 45 NFTs while working at OpenSea based on confidential business information that OpenSea would feature the NFTs on its website (thereby attracting greater demand). Chastain allegedly profited by selling the NFTs at…

Read More

Federal grand jury indicts former OpenSea employee Nate Chastain for alleged insider trading of confidential business information of NFTs to be featured by OpenSea [download indictment]

In a stunning announcement, the US Attorney for the Southern District of NY Damian Williams announced that a federal grand jury has indicted former OpenSea employee Nate Chastain for two counts of felonies: (1) wire fraud and (2) money laundering. The first count of wire fraud is predicated on Chastain’s alleged insider trading of NFTs…

Read More