The three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan did not indicate at Wednesday’s hearing which way it was leaning in the question over Raj Rajaratnam’s freedom.
The Galleon Group founder also was fined $10 million. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Holwell announced the sentence after concluding that Rajaratnam made well over $50 million in profits from his illegal trades.
If federal prosecutors have their way, Rajaratnam will get between 19 1/2 and 24 1/2 years in prison for what they say were more than $72 million in profits for himself and his Galleon Group of hedge funds.
Judge Richard Holwell said he wanted to send a warning to Wall Street; but he still gave Chiesi less than the 3 to 4 years that prosecutors had sought.
Hedge fund manager Danielle Chiesi will be sentenced next week after pleading guilty in what prosecutors have said was the biggest hedge fund insider trading probe in history.
The jury that returned a guilty verdict to all charges against a one-time billionaire hedge fund founder proved to have a voracious appetite for the audiotapes of him talking to fellow traders and friends at public companies about stocks he wanted to trade.
A former Wall Street titan was convicted Wednesday of making a fortune by coaxing a crew of corporate tipsters to give him an illegal edge on blockbuster trades in technology and other stocks.
The judge let jurors leave early on Friday. It was their fifth day of weighing the fate of the hedge fund manager.
One-time billionaire Raj Rajaratnam listened quietly as prosecutors have labeled him a Wall Street cheater. His own lawyers insist he acted honorably. A jury will be left to decide who’s right.
A Wall Street hedge fund manager bragged in a 2008 conference call about making a massive illegal trade only moments before the market closed, according to prosecutors.
Adam Smith said Tuesday that Raj Rajaratnam’s Galleon firm used the information to “get an edge” on massive trades.
Rajaratnam was accused at the federal trial of teaming up with workers in the hedge fund industry and employees of public companies to share inside information.
Prosecutors said Rajiv Goel and the defendant, Raj Rajaratnam, were caught on a wiretap discussing a closed-door meeting in 2008 of the Intel board of directors.
The trial was set to resume Monday in Manhattan federal court for Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam. He’s the only one of more than two dozen people charged in the insider trading crackdown to face trial. Nineteen have pleaded guilty.
Rajaratnam was represented in court by seven lawyers as a pool of about 100 potential jurors was questioned by Holwell to make sure they had no personal history or biases that would interfere with their ability to judge the case fairly.