Danielle Chiesi's Lawyers Argue She Shimmied Her Way Into Inside Information Out Of A Need To Please, Not Greed

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Since they were arrested in late 2009 and during his 8-week trial, one thing we’ve learned about Raj Rajaratnam gal-pal Danielle Chieis is that as the information she passed to the Galleon founder was the best of the best, she was one of his most valuable tipsters. To be sure, guys like Anil Kumar and Rajat Gupta gave Raj good stuff too, but Chiesi had a leg up on the other tipsters because she “used her sexuality to build sources at male-dominated tech companies.” Executives were apparently powerless to the allure of her “tight red suit with red fishnet stockings” and once they saw her “suggestive” dance moves it was game over. Chiesi had affairs with guys like IBM's Bob Moffatt, who was more than happy to tip her off (not knowing he was just being used though, Moffat, who cried at least two times in public over Chieis, has since vowed to never open his heart to another woman again, besides his wife), and following coitus, DC would pass the info to Raj. According to Chiesi's lawyers, who are attempting to keep her out of jail (she pleaded guilty earlier this year), there's a good reason their clients a) slept with these married men and b) engaged in insider trading. She was a people pleaser.

Danielle Chiesi, the former teenage beauty queen who pleaded guilty to insider trading earlier this year, was driven to her crimes not by greed but through the "belittling" comments of her former boss and lover, Mark Kurland, her lawyer said in a court filing yesterday. Chiesi was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after her arrest in 2009 and temporarily committed to a psychiatric facility, her lawyer, Alan Kaufman, told Judge Richard Holwell in court papers. "Dani did not engage in this conduct out of greed," her lawyer said -- but rather, out of "an unhealthy and abnormal desire to please." "The primary focus of this (desire) was Mark Kurland," who encouraged her to get confidential tips while "at the same time belittling her understanding of the financial numbers," the filing said.

[NYP]

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