Raj Rajaratnam Gets 11 Years, Needs A Kidney

The defense had asked for 6.5 to 8 years on account of 1) the fact that, they say, Raj only made $7.4 million off his trades and 2) the “unique constellation of ailments ravaging his body” that would result in him dying behind bars if given a sentence “anywhere near” the prosecution’s request for 19.5 to 24 years.

While it’s possible that his little brother’s e-mailing initiative paid dividends, the judge apparently went for less time (plus a $10 million fine) owing in part to the work Raj has done in Sri Lanka and on account of his diabetes and need for a kidney transplant. The big guy will be reporting to prison on November 28 (his team is hoping for Butner, where Bernie’s been shacking up), so in addition to looking for a willing organ donor, he’ll likely be making these last 6 weeks count. Blowout Halloween party? Check. Face-painting in Zuccotti Park? Check. Deep-fried Thanksgiving Turducken? Try 12. Visits to every Lululemon store the ankle monitoring bracelet will allow? Surprised you had to ask.

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154 Responses to “Raj Rajaratnam Gets 11 Years, Needs A Kidney”

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. AIG Quant via LEH says:

    We all lose.

  3. Wall St.=Pussyville says:

    No balls whatsoever

  4. IgnorantBastards says:

    wtf …

  5. Sirens Bess says:


  6. login says:

    Sounds about right, he'll be a shell when he gets out, had a client who did 2 to 3 for tax evasion and he described the medical care for people 50 plus as almost non existent with an attendant mortality rate.

    Prison is a young mans game.

  7. Kegels123 says:

    11 years, well worth it.

    -Olalf Sanderson, Mighty Ducks D2

  8. DarkStar says:

    He should fry

  9. Jialan Wang says:

    Need I say more?

  10. Old Meme says:

    Where are the clients' prison years?

  11. Put_Option says:

    “unique constellation of ailments ravaging his body” aka twinkies and yoga pants?

  12. AIG Quant via LEH says:

    Was Matt's last incarceration chart correct? We're dying to know!!!

  13. Sammy Samosa says:

    11 years = lots of ghee (or KY).

  14. Female HFT says:

    Two things we learned today: 1. always trust regression; 2. Matt is a genius.

  15. Office Space Fan says:

    Hey Raj, watch out for cornhole, bud.


  16. GoodTamils says:

    "We owned the joint. While the rest of these guys were all crowded, living like animals, we had fresh samosas, vegetable pakoras and our own tandoor. Although I always thought Raj used too many onions……"

  17. Raj says:

    Also, pleasee feel free to take into account all the legitimate years and the awards I've won, like the Bernie guy

  18. jumbo says:

    Any word on where he's headed? We talking Club Fed or federal "pound me in the ass" prison?

    The guys are gonna love the milkshake Raj brings to the yard

  19. Nailz6 says:

    Matt's orgasming as we speak.

  20. Guest21 says:

    Since when was the likelihood of dying behind bars a defense to jail time?

  21. Guest says:

    There are the sirens!

    -Guy who thinks this is important on DB

  22. Guest says:

    Why does he need a kidney? Did Steve Jobs went through all of them before RIPping?

  23. NowOnePerson says:

    It's a fine line between self-induced ailments to keep you out of prison and being too fat and weak to protect yourself if convicted… he seems to have found the middle ground.

    The middle ground being: definitely unable to keep the out-door protected, but still with enough ailments that he likely won't make it the full 11 years.

  24. Orange says:

    Is there an orange jump-suit that even fits this fat-fuck?

  25. Andy Dufresne says:

    The man who cried and was beaten when I first arrived is listed and credited as "Fat Ass" — the other
    inmates' nickname for him.

  26. derp says:

    Just think of all the contraband he can fit up there

  27. Touch Base Later says:

    Don't pick up the soap. Been there, not fun.

  28. Managing & Directing says:

    If you have until the end of November to report, and you know you are going to Butner Fed with Bernie, and you only get a 15% discount for good behavior and you are already 54 then why in the world wouldnt you just skip the country and bounce to Sri Lanka or somewhere else and disappear? Non-violent crime so you lose your "LA privileges"….and would the government actually pursue you?

    • Presiding Vice says:

      No passport and wearing the bracelet I believe. Not an impediment to simply walking into Mexico, and heading for parts south ya, and I'm CERTAIN he has cash stashed in Lanka at least, but they would clearly freeze all his coin here so no juice for his bitches and progeny etc. on death presuming he has the latter.

      Your broader point about ALWAYS having an exit stategy at any level of finance is of course immutable.

      • PermaGuestII says:

        Got to figure he'd rather hang out w. Berns in Butner than stroll into the arms of Los Zetas– just sayin'

    • im_new_here says:

      heh heh…"butner"

    • Hung Lo-Gai says:

      Uh, because Raj is a Tamil, raised and donated a whole lot of money to the Tamil Tigers, and the Tamils lost.

    • InfiniteGuest says:

      Appeals-court judges generally frown upon that kind of behavior, though.

  29. Col. Decker says:

    @ Managing Director:

    A man of that size doesn't just "disappear."

  30. Banaraj says:

    Maybe you call this corruption in your country? GOI will make sure he walks.
    — Chennai Call Center

  31. D says:

    Ha HA! & Wollensky

  32. Anil says:

    His diabetes seems real and 11 yrs is about right. If he develops life threatening medical problems in prison, everyone will be better served by releasing him and letting him get his own treatment.

    • Tuckhead says:

      Fuck you

    • Al Toom says:

      Are you kidding? He should be rendered penniless but instead this bastard will move to the top of the list for a new kidney(assuming he does in fact have diabetes). 11 yrs and $10mm seems right?!?! 10mm is pocket change for him. This is exactly why these douchebags will continue to thrive…because the penalties are a joke!!

    • A guy in NJ says:

      Naa. Too bad, he shoulda thought of that while he was stealing. If I murder someone, but I have gout, adn the vapors, do I also get out of jail free? Pleeeeeease.

  33. Doctor Doctor says:

    Can he eat the cockmeat sandwich without exacerbating his diabetes?

  34. Tyrone Biggums says:

    "Hey Raj, spread your cheeks and lift your sack"

    – Bernie Madoff, Inmate #61727-054

  35. Guest says:

    Guess the Ebola disease constellation wasn't that bad after all.

  36. Don Glover says:

    maybe raj and bernie will run a scheme on the inside?

  37. Mike Milken says:

    Don't sweat it, Raj, an 11-year sentence means about 28 months actual jail time.

    • P.O. says:

      that's been remedied scumbag, you are not sposed to be surfing these type sites.

      CC DOJ

    • Managing & Directing says:

      Incorrect, in the Federal system he'll get 15% discount for time served and then a clearly delineated probation period. A former teammate of mine got 6.5 years, will serve 5.5 and then have a stated 5 year probation period thereafter.

  38. Sad says:

    Bess I am surprised you let this stuff on your site. Why do you report the hurtful way you do. I guess on the internet there is a home for sites that thrive on other people's deficits and misery. Raj has suffered and will suffer more. Yes, Raj did something wrong – but is it something Harvard elite on Wall Street do as regular business? I would guess so. I am not saying he doesn't deserve to be punished, but why is the poster child for insider trading not a WASPy man? Oh, they don't do this? Either that or they know how not to get caught and have more friends where it counts. It's a white man's game. With exceptions (yes there were a few) this whole Raj thing seemed to be an attack on those of us who are not from prep schools and not of American descent. Take a look at the list of Raj gang and all of those involved, see the names. Looks to me like they just couldn't get any of the people who really ruined this country's financial system. This is crooked, this deserves to be punished, but the big names who ruined billions are still left untouched. Takes our eye off the ball though doesn't it?

    • Another Great Day says:

      You must be new here. Dumb trading and even dumber risk management is not a criminal offense (yet). Cheating is.

    • remedy says:

      Oh please. The guy's a fucking criminal. If you don't want to be ridiculed then I suggest walking the fucking line.

      • Pete from the Bush says:

        At some point, Raj won't be able to pay for PR flaks like this one.

        Make sure you get paid upfront before you invade the sanctity of DealBreaker. We're an equal opportunity sarcasm machine. Don't care if your last name is Stein, Berg, Washington or Rajafuckistan.

        • Guest says:

          Guaranteed Bess would mock anyone who is fat, employs midgets in practical jokes, is fat, makes female employees model spandex, and is fat no matter their race or upbringing.

          I am sorry that I am not sorry you feel discriminated against.

    • guestapo says:

      LOL, what? I'm sorry, when did Bess start deciding who gets charged with insider trading (Raj) and who doesn't (WASPs and non-Ivy grads, as you say)? Also, Raj went to Wharton. Facts, get some of 'em.

    • John Winthorp III says:

      Most inside trading scandals involved Jews not us(Boesky,Speigel,Katzman,Milken etc..).

    • Guest says:

      Misery? Do you know how much misery that clown caused others? Do you think got to his position by being a saint? Go talk to those people whose backs he climbed to get where he is, and then when they reached out to him for help he just gave them the finger.

      Raising money and doing charity work is nice, but also realize at that level it is more of creating an image for oneself.

    • Hungovr Mooseknuckle says:

      Hey you fucking idiot. Type "insider trading" into the search and you'll more than your fat brown walrus. After that, please kill yourself.

    • NYrebel2003 says:

      Bitch please. There are people that have snatched purses for $10 dollars that got more jail time than this fat thief. And we should have sympathy for him because he is an ill, ivy league thief who should have known better? What about the HS dropout purse snatcher from a broken home that did not have the same opportunity? Sit the eff down and never come back to DB.

  39. Patrick says:

    Come on Bess! There are a lot more important problems than this Sri Lankan to worry about!__We have to end apartheid for one. And slow down the nuclear arms race, stop terrorism and world hunger.__We have to provide food and shelter for the homeless, and oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights, while also promoting equal rights for women. __We have to encourage a return to traditional moral values. Most importantly, we have to promote general social concern and less materialism in young people._

  40. Joel says:

    What a shame!!

  41. UBS Nephrologist says:

    He'll prolly lose the other kidney after getting shanked on the inside. Don't think the Bureau of Prisons owns a dialysis machine.

  42. Guest says:

    anyone else get the facebook invite for the $7.5 million crack party?

  43. Guest says:

    Raising money for terrorists that go around killing men, women, children, definitely a person we should put on a pedestal.

  44. 2whale2whale says:

    I won!
    I think… I'm not very good with numbers.

  45. Huggie Bear says:

    …..and a hug

  46. Red says:

    I wish I could tell you that Raj fought the good fight, and the Sisters let him be. I wish I could tell you that – but prison is no fairy-tale world. He never said who did it, but we all knew. Things went on like that for awhile – prison life consists of routine, and then more routine. Every so often, Raj would show up with fresh bruises.


  47. lurker says:

    Deal breaker tracking the markets? Quantity remains high, quality is hard to find.. all the funny guys got sacked?

  48. D says:

    New People Suck & Wollensky

  49. A guy in NJ says:

    I'm normally a pretty forgivng guy, but this guy… 10M legit isn't enough, 20M legit isn't enough.
    Reminds of the Dave Chappelle skit where they treat the white collar criminal like a crack dealer and vice-versa. Makes me angry, too… I'll sell him my kidney – for 50M. Also, Nice quote, Red. Let's hope he meets The Sisters. ;)

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