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US Insider Trading case Widened

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posted on Nov, 5 2009 @ 02:31 PM
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According to the following article this is the biggest case against a hedge fund ever - and it's getting even bigger as we speak as a result of the ongoing investigations:


A further 14 individuals have been charged in connection with the alleged $20bn (£12m) insider trading scheme at US hedge fund Galleon Group. The development comes three weeks after Galleon founder Raj Rajaratnam and five others were arrested.

Mr Rajaratnam and his co-defendants are alleged to have gained $20m in illegal profits thanks to inside information on firms including Google and AMD.

...The Sri Lankan-born hedge fund boss is estimated to be worth $1.3bn.

Galleon Group, which has up to $7bn in assets under its management, said last month that it intends to "cooperate fully with relevant authorities".

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This is definitely one to watch.


Prosecutors claimed the insider trading also took place at the New Castle hedge fund and Intel Capital, the investment arm of microchip giant Intel. The others charged in the case include Rajiv Goel, a director of strategic investments at Intel Capital; and Robert Moffat, senior vice president in the systems and technology division of computer group IBM. They are joined by Anil Kumar, a director at global management-consulting firm McKinsey & Co; and Danielle Chiesi and Mark Kurland of New Castle Partners.

The insider trading is said to have taken place between January and July 2007.

US attorney Preet Bharara told a press conference that... it also marked the first use of court-authorised wiretaps to capture conversations between suspects.

"Greed is not good," said Mr Bharara. "This case should be a wake-up call for Wall Street." He added that anyone on Wall Street thinking of breaking the law should now be asking themselves "is law enforcement listening?".


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The following also forms an intersting background to the case:


The reputation of hedge funds took a beating earlier this year when Bernard Madoff was jailed for 150 years for running a $65bn Ponzi scheme.

Soon afterwards, Mr Khuzami told the US Congress that the SEC had failed in its mission to protect investors. "It is a sobering and humbling experience," he said. "We deeply regret our failure to detect the Madoff fraud and pledge to continue to fix the problems that contributed to this failure," he and acting director of exams and compliance John Walsh added.

Mr Rajaratnam's arrest is probably the first step as the SEC attempts to restore investor confidence.


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One can only wonder how high up the tree the investigations will be allowed to go...



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posted on Nov, 5 2009 @ 02:34 PM
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The American people are running out of vaseline. I mean my god........how much more corruption and manipulating by Wall Street are we going to take? This is insane. If the average American really knew just how much corruption and fraud happens on Wall Street they'd...............well I don't know what they'd do anymore.



posted on Nov, 5 2009 @ 03:07 PM
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Just the free market at work.

Note it takes the FBI and not the SEC to take these guys down.



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