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Securities Fraud Archive



by Edmond Geary

It’s Not Easy Cooperating For The Government

Very commonly in cases prosecuted by the federal government, the authorities pressure people to “cooperate” with the government.  This is a euphemism.  The pejorative term for this is “snitch.”  People do it because they believe it will give them a better deal, a lower sentence or no sentence, depending on their own case.  Federal cases…

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by Edmond Geary

Mortgage Swindle a rare White Collar Conviction

Given the scope of the financial meltdown of 2008 and the suspicions of some wrongdoing to explain it, everyone has been expecting some big time prosecutions.  Not much so far.  Lee Farkas may be the biggest thing so far, and he isn’t all that big. Farkas was a mortgage industry executive, chairman of the firm…

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by Edmond Geary

A Sentence for Bernie Madoff

Bernard Madoff swindled billions of dollars from his investors for years, but once caught, he promptly pled guilty to the criminal complaint filed against him in federal court.  He did not plea bargain with the government.  He just took his medicine.  Well, maybe.  That way, just pleading to the Complaint as Madoff did, he did…

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by Edmond Geary

Biggest Insider-Trading Trial of a Generation

Raj Rajaratnam was a Wall Street hedge fund manger, co-founder of Galleon Group, managing billions of dollars.  He bragged about taking risks and how it made his adrenaline pump.  Now is on trial in New York defending himself of insider-trading charges, specifically with securities fraud and conspiracy charges.  He is facing up to 20 years…

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by Edmond Geary

White Collar Case Wiretap Evidence Attacked

Raj Rajaratnam is charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York with insider trading on the stock market.  A billionaire hedge fund manager, he is facing evidence of 2,400 telephone recordings of his own voice.  The government placed a tap on his telephone in 2008. Not surprisingly, Rajaratnam’s lawyers are attacking…

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