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SpaceX engineer pleads guilty to DOJ insider trading charges


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A SpaceX engineer pleaded guilty to a Department of Justice charge of insider trading, the agency announced on Thursday, after using information obtained on the dark web to trade public securities with non-public information.

The DOJ’s criminal case against James Roland Jones of Hermosa Beach, California, came following an investigation by the F.B.I. in 2017.

The government’s announcement of the plea agreement identified Jones as a SpaceX engineer, although the agency did not specify whether he currently works for the space company, and whether he did at the time of the fraud.

The Securities and…


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