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Jason Katz, a former Barclays Plc currency trader, admitted conspiring to fix prices in the foreign-exchange market, making him the third individual to be charged and the first to plead guilty in a long-running U.S. criminal investigation into the rigging of currency rates.

Katz appeared in Manhattan federal court Wednesday, where he admitted to participating in a conspiracy with other bankers to manipulate emerging-market currency trades while working at three different financial institutions from 2007 to 2013. Separately, the Federal Reserve Board said it banned Katz from the banking industry.

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