Grogan blasts alleged front-running scheme at Binance

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Grogan blasts alleged front-running scheme at Binance

The head of product and business operations at Coinbase, Conor Grogan, slammed Binance for allowing unknown actors to front-run trades. Grogan has claimed to trace patterns stretching for up to 18 months back.

Binance allows insider trading, Grogan implies

The Coinbase director highlighted some rogue trading activities on Twitter, showcasing traders buying tokens before being listed, only to sell them shortly after Binance listing.

These front-runners have been able to make millions of dollars as a result of this manipulative tactic.

In the tweet, Grogan claimed that he had found wallets connected to several insider trading patterns. These wallets suspected of recognition of inside info include:

  • A wallet that bought $900,000 worth of RARI governance tokens only to dump it minutes after Binance enlistment
  • A wallet that bought $78,000 Ethernity’s ERN crypto token between June 17, 2022, and June 21, 2022, and also dumped it immediately after enlistment
  • One that bought hundreds of thousands of TORN tokens and also sold them just after the listing announcement
  • The recent one is a series of RAMP token purchases spanning a few days. The investments amounted to $500,000 worth of RAMP. Grogan observes that these tokens were also sold off immediately after Binance listed it, with front-runners amassing about $100,000 in profits.
  • The last report goes back to 2021. Grogan remarks that the wallet that front-ran the Binance GNO token listing also reaped $100,000. 

The Coinbase exec has explained that reasons like insider access to Material Nonpublic Information (MNPL) and leaked APIs may fuel front-running.

Binance needs more oversight

Coinbase’s Grogan firmly stated that such a significant number of operational anomalies in one company is a tell-tale sign of an ongoing lack of oversight. He implied that the Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance department (GRC) was not doing its job.

The reason for these accusations is that Binance can easily track the person conducting these illegal trades and stop them. However, the company has turned a blind eye to these rogue traders for over a year and a half. 

However, unlike Binance, Grogan expressed that Coinbase takes such acts very seriously about a case where one rogue trader got a 10-month prison time for front-running charges.

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