Ex-Goldman Sachs board member Rajat Gupta reported to prison earlier today for, among other things, being unable to wait more than 23 seconds to spill material non-public information to now-known insider trader Raj Rajaratnam. Also, he needs to come up with about $24.9 million, if anyone’s feeling generous.
Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc director Rajat Gupta on Tuesday began serving his two-year prison term for insider trading, and lost his challenge to a $13.9 million civil penalty and permanent ban from acting as a public company officer. Gupta, 65, reported to FMC Devens, a medical facility and satellite camp in Ayer, Massachusetts about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Boston, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons said. The former global managing director of the McKinsey & Co consulting firm began his term as the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals separately rejected his claim that the fine and officer ban imposed in a separate U.S. Securities and Exchange Commision civil case was excessive. A three-judge panel of that court concluded that U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, who oversaw the criminal and civil cases, acted within his discretion in imposing that punishment…In his criminal case, Gupta was also ordered to make $6 million in restitution to Goldman and pay a $5 million fine.