Press Esc to close
Monday 16 January 2017
News updated at 4:15 PM IST
Weather
Max: 27.6°C
Min : 15.5°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Indian pleads guilty to insider trading charges in US

New York, Nov 9, 2013, (PTI)
An Indian internet analyst has pleaded guilty here to insider trading charges for his involvement in sharing confidential informationabout technology companies Microsoft and Yahoo.

Sandeep Aggarwal, a Gurgaon resident, faces up to 25 years in prison and over USD 5 million in fine.

Aggarwal, 40, was arrested in connection with the insider trading scheme in July this year and following a cooperation agreement, pledguilty yesterday before US Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis in Manhattan federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and one count of securitiesfraud.

Aggarwal's guilty plea was announced by Manhattan's top India-born federal prosecutor Preet Bharara who has led a massive government crackdown on insidertrading on Wall Street, netting several high profile executives including Indian-American former Goldman director Rajat Gupta and former billionaire hedge fund founderRaj Rajaratnam.

The latest feather in Bharara's prosecutor cap is guilty pleas on insider trading charges by Steven Cohen-led hedge funds SAC Capital Advisors.

Bharara said the investigation into Aggarwal's conduct is "continuing".

Aggarwal, a former equity research analyst for a San Francisco-based financial services firm, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine ofUSD 250,000 for the conspiracy charge. The securities fraud count carries a maximum jail term of 20 years and USD 5 million in fine.

He will be sentenced inMay next year before US District Judge Colleen McMahon.

According to the superseding information and court documents, Aggarwal was involved in a scheme from April 2008 to March 2010 to disclose inside informationconcerning a strategic partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo.

Aggarwal had several discussions with one of his friends, who was an executive in Microsoft's internet search business, about the likelihood of a partnership betweenMicrosoft and Yahoo.

Two senior sales executives at the Aggarwal's firm also arranged meetings and telephone calls between him and the firm's clients to facilitatetransmission of information Aggarwal had learnt about the status of the partnership.

On one occasion in July 2009, Aggarwal learned from his friend at Microsoft that discussions about the partnership with Yahoo had recommenced and that atransaction was likely within the next few weeks.

Aggarwal shared this inside information with senior sales executives at his firm who then arranged for him to providethe confidential information to representatives of certain hedge fund clients of the firm.

One of the representatives to whom Aggarwal provided the inside informationwas Richard Lee, then a portfolio manager at SAC Capital Advisors.

Following the conversations Aggarwal had with hedge fund clients, the portfolios managed by certain portfolio managers of those clients, including Lee,purchased shares of Yahoo securities.

After official confirmation that a transaction between Microsoft and Yahoo would be announced, the portfolios managers, includingLee, sold Yahoo stock and generated substantial profits.

Lee has pleaded guilty to insider trading charges.

 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Art lovers thronging Chitra Santhe organised by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat on Kumara Krupa...

Art lovers thronging Chitra Santhe organised by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat on Kumara Krupa...

Large number of art lovers visiting the 14th annual art fair 'Chitra Sante' organized...

Large number of art lovers visiting the 14th annual art fair 'Chitra Sante' organized...

A large number of tourists throng Mysuru Palace as weekend holidays and Mysuru Zoo remain closed...

A large number of tourists throng Mysuru Palace as weekend holidays and Mysuru Zoo remain closed...

People walk on a snow covered road following heavy snowfall at Kandi Area in Budhal, Rajouri...

People walk on a snow covered road following heavy snowfall at Kandi Area in Budhal, Rajouri...

Students make a rangoli to aware people on voting in Moradabad on Sunday...

Students make a rangoli to aware people on voting in Moradabad on Sunday...

ABVP activists run with the Tricolours at an event ahead of Republic Day on the outskirts ...

ABVP activists run with the Tricolours at an event ahead of Republic Day on the outskirts ...

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat inspecting the guard of honour during the Army Day parade in New Delhi...

Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat inspecting the guard of honour during the Army Day parade in New Delhi...

People take part in marathon on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, in Mumbai...

People take part in marathon on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link, in Mumbai...

People are participated in Kite Festival organised by Rotary Bangalore Lakeside at HSR Layout...

People are participated in Kite Festival organised by Rotary Bangalore Lakeside at HSR Layout...

A man with his decorated camel during the 24th International Camel Festival, in Bikaner...

A man with his decorated camel during the 24th International Camel Festival, in Bikaner...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523