May 3 U.S. government investigators have found
that JPMorgan Chase & Co had manipulated trading in the
California and Michigan electricity markets, the New York Times
The newspaper said it had reviewed a confidential, 70-page
government document that was sent to JPMorgan in March and which
also took aim at Blythe Masters, the bank's current head of
global commodities and former chief financial officer.
The New York Times, citing the document, said investigators
from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had found
that JPMorgan devised "manipulative schemes" that transformed
"money-losing power plants into powerful profit centers".
The regulatory document also says Masters had "falsely"
denied under oath her awareness of schemes carried out by a
group of energy traders in Houston, the newspaper said, without
It was not immediately clear whether the FERC will take
action against JPMorgan based on the investigators' findings,
the New York Times said.
"We intend to vigorously defend the firm and the employees
in this matter," the newspaper quoted JPMorgan spokeswoman
Kristin Lemkau as saying. "We strongly dispute that Blythe
Masters or any employee lied or acted inappropriately in this
matter," she said.
In November, FERC imposed a temporary ban on JPMorgan's
physical power trading for failing to disclose information in a
market manipulation investigation.