Ivan Frederick Boesky (born March 6, 1937) is a former American stock trader who became infamous for his prominent role in an insider trading scandal that occurred in the United States during the mid-1980s.
He was charged and pled guilty to insider trading, was fined a record $100 million and became an informant. Continue reading “Subject: Ivan Boesky”
The Story of Deep Capture
By Mark Mitchell, with reporting by the Deep Capture Team
The Columbia School of Journalism is our nation’s finest. They grant the Pulitzer Prize, and their journal, The Columbia Journalism Review, is the profession’s gold standard. CJR reporters are high priests of a decaying temple, tending a flame in a land going dark. In 2006 a CJR editor (a seasoned journalist formerly with Time magazine in Asia, The Wall Street Journal Europe, and The Far Eastern Economic Review) called me to discuss suspicions he was forming about the US financial media. I gave him leads but warned, “Chasing this will take you down a rabbit hole with no bottom.” For months he pursued his story against pressure and threats he once described as, “something out of a Hollywood B movie, but unlike the movies, the evil corporations fighting the journalist are not thugs burying toxic waste, they are Wall Street and the financial media itself.” His exposé reveals a circle of corruption enclosing venerable Wall Street banks, shady offshore financiers, and suspiciously compliant reporters at The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, CNBC, and The New York Times. If you ever wonder how reporters react when a journalist investigates them (answer: like white-collar crooks they dodge interviews, lie, and hide behind lawyers), or if financial corruption interests you, then this is for you. It makes Grisham read like a book of bedtime stories, and exposes a scandal that may make Enron look like an afternoon tea.
Introduction By Patrick M. Byrne, Deep Capture Reporter
PDF (69 Pages): Deep Capture Story
Ex-Shearson Exec To Plead Guilty in Stock-Loan Investigation
Associated Press, 7 September 1989
The expected guilty plea by Dennis T. Palmeri, Shearson’s former executive vice president in charge of stock loans, would be the first action following more than a year of examination by federal prosecutors.
The case also is said to be derived from information from jailed speculator Ivan F. Boesky, a major source of evidence for Wall Street securities investigations since he was ensnared in an insider trading probe in 1986.
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N.Y. Grand Jury Probes Stock Loan Practices
Steve Coll and David Vise
Washington Post, 21 July 1989
NEW YORK, JULY 20 — The Manhattan U.S. attorney is conducting a criminal investigation of Wall Street’s lucrative securities lending business, focusing on an official of Shearson Lehman Hutton Inc., according to documents and sources familiar with the case.
Subpoenas issued as part of the grand jury investigation, while not stating the precise target of the probe, have requested witnesses to provide records about investments, transactions and accounts involving Dennis Palmeri, who supervises all of Shearson’s stock loan operations.
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