Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The SEC charged four executives at Steel Technologies, a Louisville-based steel processing company, and four of their family and friends with illegal insider trading in advance of the company’s acquisition. According to the SEC, Patrick Carroll, William “Tad” Carroll, David Mark Calcutt and David Stitt – who are vice presidents of sales at Steel Technologies – traded based on confidential information about their company’s acquisition by Mitsui & Co. (USA) Inc. Three of the four executives illegally tipped family members or friends. The ring of eight traders together purchased $578,000 of Steel Technologies stock in the month prior to the public announcement of the acquisition and made $320,000 in illegal profits.
The SEC’s complaint charges the eight defendants with securities fraud in violation of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder. The Commission seeks permanent injunctive relief, disgorgement of illicit profits with prejudgment interest, and the imposition of monetary penalties against all defendants.