Ali Far is a former employee at the Galleon Group. He left in 2008 to start his own Hedge fund (Spherix Capital Partners) with his Partner, Richard Choo-Beng Lee, aka “C.B.” Far was sentenced to one year of probation for his participation in multiple insider trading schemes during which he obtained, shared, and traded based on material, non-public information (“inside information”) stolen from several public companies. Far pled guilty in October 2009 to one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and one count of securities fraud pursuant to a cooperation agreement with the government. Together, he and his co-conspirator at Spherix gained approximately $5,209,464 for their hedge fund by placing trades in Spherix accounts based on Inside Information.
Danielle Chiesi is a former beauty queen turned stock analyst that helped former Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam with insider trading. Chiesi pleaded guilty on three counts of securities fraud, and was sentenced to a West Virginia Prison in 2011. She served 15 months before being released. She agreed to pay $540,000 to settle related civil charges with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Raj Rajaratnam is a Sri Lankan-American former hedge fund manager and founder of the Galleon Group, a New York-based hedge fund management firm. On October 16, 2009, he was arrested by the FBI for insider trading, which also caused the Galleon Group to fold. He stood trial in U.S. v Rajaratnam (09 Cr. 01184) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and on May 11, 2011, was found guilty on all 14 counts of conspiracy and securities fraud. On October 13, 2011, Rajaratnam was sentenced to 11 years in prison and fined a criminal and civil penalty of over $150 million combined. Rajaratnam was released to home confinement in his Upper East Side Manhattan apartment, located on Sutton Place, in the summer of 2019.