The sentencing of former SAC Capital Advisors LP hedge fund manager Mathew Martoma, who faces what may be the longest insider trading prison-term in history, will be delayed following a defense request for additional time, a court clerk said. Martoma, 40, was convicted in February in what prosecutors have called the biggest insider trading scheme ever by an individual. He could face almost 20 years in prison for trading on illegal tips about an Alzheimer’s drug made by Elan Corp. and Wyeth LLC that gained SAC $276 million and earned him a $9.3 million bonus. Martoma’s lawyers requested in a letter to U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe last week that the June 10 sentencing be postponed for more than a month, citing a late report by the court’s Probation Department. [Bloomberg]
After a high-profile setback involving a certain outspoken NBA owner (not that one), the SEC thought it had figured out how to get a jury to see things its way. Did one not just find that a Texas septuagenarian was every bit the conniving fraudster that the SEC said he was?
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In a telephone interview with Bloomberg Television’s Trish Regan, billionaire investor Carl Icahn responded to articles in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times over the weekend suggesting he was implicated in an insider trading investigation. The investigation, which is being conducted by the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and federal prosecutors in Manhattan, also involves three-time Masters golf tournament winner Phil Mickelson and Las Vegas gambling impresario Billy Walters. “We do not know of any investigation. Further, we are always very careful to observe all legal requirements in all of our activities,” Icahn said. “We believe that making inflammatory and speculative statements, especially when we’ve had an unblemished record for 50 years, is completely irresponsible on the part of the Wall Street Journal.” [BusinessWeek]
Titan Capital Management co-founder Steven Slawson has had his troubles in the past, but now he’s really in the soup, what with the criminal insider-trading charges in a case that has already won three guilty pleas. Oh, yeah, and with his alleged source ready to hop up onto the witness stand to tell a jury about all of the money Slawson paid him for inside dirt on a child’s clothing company.
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Mathew Martoma has not had the best luck over the last number of years. First, he was charged with masterminding the “most lucrative insider trading scheme ever,” during his time at SAC Capital. Then, over the course of his trial, it came out that he’d doctored his transcripts while at Harvard Law School, which resulted in his expulsion. Later, of course, a jury found him guilty of securities fraud. And finally, when he was really down, perhaps at the lowest he’d ever been, Stanford’s business school had to go and take away his MBA, to boot. Still, Martoma his hoping his string of bad luck is finally up and is asking a judge to grant him this one thing. Read more »