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Two Indian-American doctors charged in insider trading scheme

PTI | Last Updated: Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 08:22

New York: Two Indian-American doctors among six persons have been charged by federal regulator with in an insider trading scheme where they reaped nearly USD 3,00000 from confidential information.

Suken Shah and his brother Shimul Shah received confidential tips from Christopher Saridakis, the CEO of the e-commerce company about its proposed acquisition by eBay in March 2011.
The federal regulator Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that Saridakis tipped his friend Suken Shah, a Delaware-based doctor with nonpublic information about the deal following a meeting with eBay executives. Shah earned insider trading profits of USD 9,838 and provided the nonpublic information to his brother and another individual.

Shah agreed to settle the SEC`s charges in an administrative proceeding by paying disgorgement of USD 10,446, which includes 609 dollars in trading profits made by the other individual he tipped.
He also agreed to pay prejudgment interest of USD 1,007 and a penalty of USD 64,965 for a total of USD 76,418. Shah`s penalty is three times the amount of his and his tippees` trading profits.

In a separate settled administrative proceeding, the SEC charged Shimul Shah, a doctor who now resides in Cincinnati, with insider trading on the nonpublic information he received from his brother. Besides trading himself, Shah tipped others with the nonpublic information during a group dinner he attended with several friends from his medical residency.

To settle the SEC`s charges, Shah agreed to disgorge his trading profit of USD 11,209 and pay prejudgment interest of USD 1,022 and a penalty of USD 22,418 for a total of USD 34,650. Shah`s penalty is twice the amount of his trading profit.

The individual who entered the non-prosecution agreement was tipped by Shah at the group dinner.

This individual has agreed to disgorge a trading profit of USD 31,777 and pay USD 2,725 in prejudgment interest for a total of USD 34,502.

The SEC alleges that Saridakis violated his duty of trust as CEO of the marketing solutions division of GSI Commerce by providing the nonpublic information about the pending acquisition to his friends and encouraging them to trade on it.

In settling the SEC`s charges, Saridakis agreed to an officer-and-director bar and must pay USD 664,822, which includes a penalty equal to twice the amount of his tippees` profits.

The five traders, including the Shahs, would pay a combined total of more than USD 4,90,000 in their settlements, which range from disgorgement-only or reduced penalties for cooperators to penalties of two or three times the trading profits for other traders.

"Saridakis chose to dole out confidential, market-moving information to enrich relatives and friends, and the nonpublic details then spread further through multiple levels of tippers and tippees.

The SEC thoroughly investigates suspicious trading to trace it to the source and pursue all those involved," Enforcement Division associate director Scott Friestad said.

First Published: Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 08:22
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