When it comes to prop when he attempted this bizarre plot to gain access to competitor Chimera Securities' platform. There's no telling what he planned to do once he got access to their system., you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. At least that's what T3 Trading Group COO Nadav Sapeika must have been thinking
So how does one gain access to a competitor'splatform? Well, Sapeika clearly thought it was as easy as setting up a bogus LinkedIn account using an alias nearly identical to the competitor's Managing Member's name. And then opening up a Gmail account using the same alias. And then emailing Lightspeed (the platform vendor) from that Gmail account and saying, "Hey, uh, it's me and I happen to have misplaced my login credentials. Can you, uh, do me a favor and email them back to me?"
Lightspeed was obviously on the ball because they didn't fall for it. And I'm betting they didn't really think anything of it the first time. But Sapeika didn't quit. He kept emailing them until they either 1) told the guy from Chimera who was being impersonated, or 2) told the regulators. In either case, Sapeika got bounced for 90 days and then gets two years of "special" supervision when he comes back.
Oh, and he has to take an ethics class (bwahahahhahahaha).
One of the firms I worked for got into some trouble a couple years before I started and they were under "special" supervision when I came to work. What that meant was that we had to pay an outside firm to tap our phones and listen in to our conversations whenever they wanted to. The regulators had the same ability. So I might be pitching a client and unbeknownst to me, the NFA was on the line at the same time. Which is no big deal cuz I'm not a scumbag. I'm guessing this is the kind of "special" supervision Sapeika is gonna have to get used to.
Part of me doesn't want to go too hard on the guy, because I've done my share of shady stuff to screw my competition over the years. But this really was pretty dumb. Impersonating the Managing Member of a rival firm for any purpose more nefarious than sending a dozen pizzas to their office unannounced is guaranteed to backfire on you. Imagine the trouble he'd be in right now if he'd been successful in gaining access to theirplatform. He'd probably be looking at jail time.
So the moral of the story, kids, is keep it above board when dealing with the competition. I'm not saying don't play hard - you should play like a champion every day. Just don't compromise yourself and your career by taking an ill-advised and unethical shortcut. It's only gonna bite you in the ass.
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