Jitesh Thakkar is the founder and president of Edge Financial Technologies. Thakkar has over 15 years of technical experience in the futures and options industry. He has developed and delivered algorithmic trading systems, order routing systems and high frequency low latency systems. His experience also includes Exchange Connectivity/Gateways to multiple asset classes.
In January of 2018 the CFTC filed charges against Thakkar and Edge Financial Technologies for aiding and abetting spoofing and for a manipulation scheme in the E-mini S&P futures contract on the CME. The case connected Thakkar to Navinder Sarao, who was arrested in connection with the so-called flash crash in 2010 and pleaded guilty in November 2016 on one count of wire fraud and one count of spoofing. 
The indictment alleged that Thakkar and his co-conspirators developed a customized software program they then used to engage in spoofing.
In August 2018, the Illinois District Court refused to dismiss the indictment against Thakkar.
In April 2019, the US v. Jitesh Thakkar case was brought to trial in the US District Court. The five-day trial ended in a hung jury on two instances of aiding and abetting Sarao on spoofing in 2013. Another charge of conspiracy was thrown out by Judge Robert Gettleman, who called the government's case "thin." The heart of Thakkar's case was that he was simply hired by Sarao to provide a trading system, which was then used to manipulate the markets. Thakkar's attorney, Renato Mariotti argued that the two men never met, and that Thakkar could not have known that Sarao was going to use the software for illegal trading. Thakkar, who was paid $24,500 for his services, did not share in any profits from Saraos trading.
The case was considered important to the financial technology industry, as it could set legal precedent on liability for the creation of trading technology.
Thakkar has a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
John Lothian News Articles
The trial of Jitesh Thakkar for aiding and abetting two instances of spoofing - which were executed by the convicted mega spoofer Navinder Sarao, whom Thakkar never met - ended Tuesday afternoon at about 4:30 when Judge Robert Gettleman dismissed the hopelessly locked jury.
Closing arguments in the trial US v Thakkar took place Monday in a long morning for the jury, lasting about three hours. After the charge of conspiracy to spoof was dismissed by Judge Gettleman last week, Jitesh Thakkar still faces two charges of aiding and abetting the commission of a crime, for two separate occasions, February 25 and March 8, 2013.
In a move that surprised the courtroom, the defense in the trial of U.S. v Jitesh Thakkar rested its case shortly before 1:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. Thakkar’s attorney, Renato Mariotti, had called no witnesses in his defense.
In an abbreviated third trial day, the U.S. Department of Justice rested its case against Jitesh Thakkar and Edge Financial Technologies. Thakkar is on trial for allegedly facilitating the criminally fraudulent spoofing trading of Navinder Sarao, who pleaded guilty to two criminal counts related to his spoofing of E-mini S&P futures in the first half of this decade.
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