insider-trading

In court today, where he pleaded guilty, Frank Perkins Hixon Jr. laid out his thinking:

  • This wasn’t about avarice, it was about love
  • All he was trying to do was set up a nest egg for the woman with whom he had a two year affair, and their love child
  • But because his lady friend would not accept cash, he gave her the next best thing, the proceeds from trades based on material non-public information

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If You Should Happen To Run In To Carl Icahn…

At Marea, perhaps. Or in a rough-and-tumble Queens schoolyard. Or at a hedge-fund conference. Or on Twitter. Wherever. A word to the wise: Don’t try to break the ice with a crack about certain insider-trading investigations involving Uncle Carl and certain famed golfers. Read more »

Steven A. Cohen proved to be a stickler for the letter of the law when it came to paying the criminal penalty imposed on his former hedge fund as part of its guilty plea on insider trading charges. On April 10, Judge Laura Taylor Swain of Federal District Court in Manhattan gave Mr. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors up to 90 days to pay the $848 million penalty, part of an overall $1.2 billion criminal settlement reached with prosecutors last November. On Tuesday, the 90th day since Judge Swain accepted the firm’s guilty plea, Mr. Cohen’s firm made that payment, according to court records. [Dealbook]

Remember the group of old high school buddies, who put Colonia High Class of ’88 on the map when they were criminally and civilly prosecuted for an “insider trading scheme focused on pharmaceutical and medical technology stocks”? They’ve all received punishments that range from fines to prison time and that’s in spite of the fact that:

  • The phrase “I have some vacation pictures for you” was a cover for payments made to tippers
  • Deals were referred to in code as the “Fat Man,” while updates on the statuses of deals were communicated with lines like “fat man has a friend” and “fat man walks alone”
  • One of the men assured everyone that even if the Securities and Exchange Commission did catch on, they wouldn’t have the resources to do anything about it. (To wit: “The SEC’s got to pick their battle because they have a limited number of people and huge numbers of investors to go after.”

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  • 17 Jun 2014 at 3:23 PM

Civil Penalty Watch ’14: Rajat Gupta

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. Read more »

On Tuesday, Rajat K. Gupta, the former managing director of the consulting firm McKinsey & Company who was convicted of insider trading, is scheduled to report to a minimum-security prison camp in Massachusetts, spending the next two years not far from his one-time friend and partner in crime, Raj Rajaratnam…In an interesting twist, Mr. Rajaratnam, the man to whom Mr. Gupta was convicted of giving corporate secrets on a raft of companies, including Goldman Sachs, is in FMC Devens’ federal medical center. Mr. Rajaratnam, the founder of New York hedge fund Galleon Group, is a diabetic and FMC Devens’ medical unit provides dialysis. His facility is next to the satellite camp where Mr. Gupta will be. One of the differences between the two prisons is that Mr. Rajaratnam has slightly longer visiting hours. On Fridays, he can mix with friends and family from 8:30 a.m. to 3 pm; Mr. Gupta can receive guests only from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. [Dealbook]

So far the defense team has only one (Martoma was only responsible for $49 million out of the $276 million SAC Capital made based on inside information about Elan and Wyeth) but by late July? Hoo-boy, you just wait. It’ll be a regular BuzzFeed article up in that courtroom (20 Reasons Why Mathew Martoma Should Serve Far Fewer Years Than The Government’s Recommended Sentence). Read more »