Man jailed for computer fraud of over €300,000
Barry Roche, 26 November 2013
A man has been jailed for five years after he pleaded guilty to computer fraud offences involving the theft of more than €300,000 from a multinational company within months of starting work for the firm.
Dadibaku Ngkupumu (47), McWilliam Green, Fortunestown, Tallaght, Dublin, a Congolese national, pleaded guilty to 17 fraud offences from Avery Dennison at Cork Airport Business Park between November 2012 and January 2013.
At Cork Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, Judge David Riordan described it as “classic case of white-collar crime” by Ngkupumu.
Det Garda Aonghus Cotter told how Ngkupumu had diverted €336,819.27 from Avery Dennison to fake bank accounts set up in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.
He also attempted to transfer a further €304,188.04 to the same fake bank accounts in another series of transactions while working in Avery Dennison’s financial payments section.
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Hedge fund giant SAC Capital to pay $1.8B penalty
LARRY NEUMEISTER, 05 November 2013
SAC Capital Advisors will plead guilty to criminal fraud charges, stop investing money for others and pay $1.8 billion — the largest financial penalty in history for insider trading — to resolve criminal and civil claims against the hedge fund giant, the government announced Monday.
The government said in a letter to judges presiding over Manhattan cases that the “proposed global resolution” of the criminal and civil cases against SAC Capital Advisors and related companies also includes an agreement that SAC will cease operating as an investment adviser and will not accept any additional funds from third-party investors. Continue reading “Article: Hedge fund giant SAC Capital to pay $1.8B penalty”
Steve Cohen Unclear On Insider Trading Rules In 2011 Deposition
Matthew Zeitlin, 06 November 2013
Steven A. Cohen’s hedge fund SAC capital will pay $1.8 billion fines for violating laws that Cohen once described as “very vague.”
SAC Capital, plead guilty Monday to five counts of wire and securities fraud in what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara described as insider trading “on a scale without any known precedent in the history of hedge funds.” The fund agreed to pay $1.2 billion in penalties to settle the charges in addition to over $600 million SAC paid in a SEC settlement in March and to shut down its investing of outside money. Continue reading “Article: Steve Cohen Unclear On Insider Trading Rules In 2011 Deposition”
Steve Cohen On Tape: The Scorecard
BESS LEVIN, 06 November 2013
Several years back, SAC Capital manager Steve Cohen sat for two days of deposition as part of a lawsuit filed by Canadian insurer Fairfax Financial filed against a group of hedge funds that included SAC. At one point, Cohen was questioned about insider trading, his fund’s policy on insider trading, and his personal views on insider trading, as reported by Reuters at the time the transcripts were unsealed. Continue reading “Article: Steve Cohen On Tape: The Scorecard”
Exclusive: Watch Billionaire Steven Cohen Stumble Over Insider Trading Rules
Rain Media and PBS FRONTLINE have obtained a never-before-published video in which hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen.
Whose firm this week pleaded guilty to securities fraud, describes federal securities laws as “vague,” and asks for an explanation of the basic Securities and Exchange Commission rule that prohibits insider trading.
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An insider-trading conviction condemns Steve Cohen to becoming the 59th-richest American
US federal prosecutors threw the book today at SAC Capital Advisors, forcing the hedge fund to plead guilty to insider trading and pay a total of $1.8 billion to the government, the largest penalty ever for the offense.
The case revolved around allegations that SAC portfolio managers repeatedly obtained inside information about major firms and used it to beat the markets. US Attorney Preet Bharara, the lead prosecutor, presented it as a major victory against insider trading by punishing an entire firm for a culture of corruption.
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SAC Capital Pleads Guilty to Decade-Long Insider Trading Conspiracy
ANTOINE GARA, 04 November 2013
Steven A. Cohen’s hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors agreed to plead guilty to federal charges that it violated insider trading laws and will pay a record $1.8 billion in fines and restitution.
In July, a grand jury indicted SAC Capital and its affiliates for one count of wire fraud and four counts of securities fraud, in an insider trading conspiracy U.S. prosecutors alleged lasted over a decade and led to hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal profits and avoided losses. Continue reading “Article: SAC Capital Pleads Guilty to Decade-Long Insider Trading Conspiracy”
Steven A. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors hit with record insider trading penalty
TOM INCANTALUPO, 04 November 2013
Billionaire Steven A. Cohen, whose hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors has agreed to pay a record penalty for insider trading, is a native Long Islander known as a high-rolling art collector and philanthropist as well as a savvy investor.
Cohen wasn’t personally charged by federal officials. Continue reading “Article: Steven A. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors hit with record insider trading penalty”
HSBC dragged into forex probe, reveals profits jump
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, 04 November 2013
LONDON: A worldwide probe into suspected rigging of foreign exchange deals has reached Europe’s biggest bank HSBC, the bank revealed when it also announced a jump in quarterly profits.
The London-based bank said in its earnings statement that British regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, is conducting investigations alongside several other global agencies into a number of firms, including HSBC, “relating to trading on the foreign exchange market”.
HSBC said it was “cooperating with the investigations which are at an early stage”.
It comes as the British bank announced a 28-percent increase in net profit to $3.2 billion (2.37 billion euros) during the three months to the end to September on major cost-cutting and lower bad debt charges.
HSBC had posted profit after tax of $2.5 billion in the third quarter of 2012.
“Revenue was stable in the third quarter (of 2013), influenced by the mixed global macroeconomic picture,” HSBC chief executive Stuart Gulliver said in a statement.
“Our home markets of the UK and Hong Kong contributed more than half of the group’s underlying profit before tax.”
Gulliver added: “Hong Kong continues to benefit from its close economic relationship with mainland China. We remain well positioned to capitalise on improving economic conditions in these markets.”
HSBC said it would continue to focus on reducing its cost base after savings of $400 million over the third quarter and total cuts since the start of 2011 of $4.5 billion.
“This is well in excess of the target we set out to achieve by the end of 2013. We re-invested part of these savings in risk and compliance, increasing headcount by 1,600 since December 2012,” Gulliver said.
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SAC to pay $1.8 billion to settle insider trading charges
Reuters, 04 November 2013
Billionaire investor Steven A. Cohen’s days as a hedge fund manager may be finished with an agreement by his SAC Capital Advisors to plead guilty to criminal charges of insider trading and pay a record $1.8 billion in fines and forfeitures.
But Cohen, one of Wall Street’s best known traders, has not been personally charged with any crime and will likely continue managing some $9 billion of his own money through a family office once his hedge fund’s plea deal is cleared by the courts. Continue reading “Article: SAC to pay $1.8 billion to settle insider trading charges”