Rajat Gupta Hoping Court Can Agree He's Suffered Enough

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...and that $13.9 million in civil penalties, on top of the two years in prison he's supposed to serve after being convicted of insider trading, plus the scratch he owes Goldman for sharing its material non-public information with a hedge fund friend, is taking things too far.

In a 23-page brief filed with the Court of Appeals on Monday, Gupta's lawyers said the insider trading violations due to which he was convicted were a "dramatic deviation" from a lifetime that has been otherwise marked by "outstanding professional accomplishment" and he should not be made to pay a "heavy criminal penalty". Gupta's lawyers said he did not accrue any "direct financial benefit" from the insider trading offences and yet he has been ordered to pay a "heavy price" of two years in prison, a USD five million fine and a separate USD six million in restitution to Goldman Sachs.

Rajat Gupta asks court to rethink order to pay $13.9 million penalty [Times of India]

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The less good news is that a jury found the former McKinsey executive guilty on three counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy for passing material non-public information to his friend*, convicted insider trader Raj Rajaratnam. The good news: 1. Rajat could go to jail for twenty years but probably won't ("Gupta faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the fraud charges and up to five years for the conspiracy charge. But his sentence is likely to be significantly lower under federal guidelines.") 2. Sentencing is scheduled for October 18 so he's got the whole summer and then some into a Zen place about going to prison. Also! Plenty of time to do all those things he was too busy for when he was working. This is gonna be his time. Time to taste the fruits and let the juices drip down his chin. The summer of Rajat! Gupta Found Guilty Of Insider Trading [WSJ] *Friend Rajat's ass.