SEC Obtains Record $13.9 Million Penalty Against Rajat Gupta
On July 17, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) obtained a $13.9 million penalty against Rajat K. Gupta for illegally tipping corporate secrets to former hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam. The SEC also obtained an order barring Gupta from serving as an officer or director of a public company.
The SEC previously obtained a $92.8 million penalty against Rajaratnam for prior insider trading charges.
In the SEC Action, it alleged that Rajat Gupta disclosed confidential information to Rajaratnam about Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s $5 billion investment in Goldman Sachs as well as nonpublic details about Goldman Sachs’ financial results for the second and fourth quarters of 2008.
George S. Canellos, Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement stated, “The sanctions imposed today send a clear message to board members who are entrusted with protecting the confidences of the companies they serve…If you abuse your position by sharing confidential company information with friends and business associates in exchange for private gain, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent by the SEC.”
In addition to the financial penalty, the order issued today by the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York enjoins Gupta from future violations of the securities laws, and permanently bars him from acting as an officer or director of a public company and from associating with any broker, dealer, or investment adviser.
On June 15, 2012, in a related criminal case, a jury found Gupta guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and three counts of securities fraud. Gupta was sentenced on to a term of imprisonment of two years followed by one year of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $5 million criminal fine.
On Dec. 26, 2012, the SEC obtained a final judgment ordering Rajaratnam to disgorge his share of the profits gained and losses avoided as a result of the insider trading based on Gupta’s tips, plus prejudgment interest.
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