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  • Coinbase (NASDAQ:) executives recently dumped more than $2.6 million worth of company stock in a single day.
  • The executives include the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Legal Officer.
  • Earlier this month Coinbase’s CEO and investors were sued for dumping stock within days of the firm’s IPO.

American crypto giant Coinbase’s top-ranking officials allegedly dumped company stock worth more than $2.6 million in one day. The stock dump comes just days after the crypto exchange’s CEO and investors were sued by a shareholder for dumping the company’s shares in a bid to avoid a billion-dollar loss back in 2021.

A crypto sleuth who goes by Bitfinexed on Twitter took to the social media platform recently to lay out the details of the millions of dollars worth of Coinbase stock dumped by its executives. According to Bitfinexed, the executives include the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Chief Legal Officer, Chief People Officer, and Chief Financial Officer.

The Form 4 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 20, 2023, to report the stock sales revealed that the combined value of the shares dumped by the executives exceeded $2.6 million. President and COO Choi Emilie’s filing showed that she sold over 19,000 shares worth $1.08 million.

Chief People Officer Brock Lawrence sold 12,737 shares worth nearly a quarter million dollars. Chief Legal Officer Paul Grewal sold 9,451 shares worth $536,000. It is important to note that these were employee stock options that were vested. Some Twitter users highlighted that the sales may be to pay for the tax obligations that arise from the vesting.

The alleged stock dumps come just days after a Coinbase shareholder sued the company’s CEO Brian Armstrong along with board member Marc Andreessen for selling company stock within days of its initial public offering in 2021. The lawsuit alleged that the executives dumped the stock in a bid to avoid a $1 billion loss.

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