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Editor: Eric C. Chaffee
Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SEC Charges Baltimore Business Consultant and Uncle with Insider Trading

The SEC today charged a Baltimore-based business consultant and his uncle with insider trading in the stock of two biotechnology companies based on material, nonpublic information that he obtained from his fraternity brother.  The SEC alleges that Brett A. Cohen received coded e-mails referencing the movie Wall Street from his fraternity brother, who was being tipped with inside information by his own brother, a patent agent for San Diego-based Sequenom, Inc. Cohen subsequently made phone calls from an outdoor pay phone to tip his uncle David V. Myers of Cleveland, who then traded on the illegally obtained inside information and garnered more than $600,000 in illicit profits.

In a parallel criminal proceeding, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California today filed criminal charges against both Cohen and Myers.

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