December 10, 2009
More Bad Lawyers and Galleon
Well ... Galleon claims another lawyer scalp. The SEC and the US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY announced that Brien Santarlas, another former Ropes & Gray attorney has pleaded guilty to criminal insider trading charges. According to the USAO's criminal complaint:
From June 2007 through May 2008, SANTARLAS conspired with others to steal material, nonpublic information ("Inside Information") from the law firm of Ropes & Gray for the purpose of buying and selling securities. In violation of his duty of confidentiality to the law firm and its clients, as well as Ropes & Gray's written policies and procedures, SANTARLAS stole Inside Information about several mergers and acquisitions of public companies for which Ropes & Gray was providing legal services, prior to the public announcements of the deals. Specifically, SANTARLAS stole Inside Information about the acquisitions of 3ComCorporation and Axcan Pharma, Inc., and provided it to his co-conspirators in exchange for thousands of dollars in cash payments. As a result of trading that was based on the Inside Information provided by SANTARLAS and his co-conspirators, other individuals collectively made millions of dollars in illegal profits.SANTARLAS, 33, of Hoboken, New Jersey, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and one substantive count of securities fraud. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum fine of the greater of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or gross loss from the offense. The securities fraud count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5 million, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.
- "Whatcha working on?"
- "Oh, not much. We're selling 3Com to a PE investor. Too bad insider trading rules prohibit me from trading on that info."
- "Yeah, too bad."
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According to Brien, his whole career is worth only $25,000.00
I must be missing something here. I hope he claimed the gains on his tax return.
Posted by: T.P. CPA | Dec 13, 2009 3:45:15 PM