October 26, 2012
SEC Charges Silicon Valley Exec with Tipping Rajaratnam
The SEC charged Kris Chellam, a former senior executive at a Silicon Valley technology company, with illegally tipping convicted hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam with nonpublic information that allowed the Galleon hedge funds to make nearly $1 million in illicit profits. According to the SEC's complaint, Chellam tipped Rajaratnam in December 2006 with confidential details from internal company reports indicating that Xilinx Inc. would fall short of revenue projections it had previously made publicly. The tip enabled Rajaratnam to engage in short selling of Xilinx stock to illicitly benefit the Galleon funds. Chellam tipped Rajaratnam, who was a close friend, at a time when Chellam had his own substantial investment in Galleon funds and was in discussions with Rajaratnam about prospective employment at Galleon. Chellam was hired at Galleon in May 2007.
Chellam has agreed to pay more than $1.75 million to settle the SEC’s charges. The settlement is subject to court approval.
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