NEW YORK, July 9 (Reuters) – Relentless media coverage is
hindering SAC Capital executive Michael Steinberg’s chances at a
fair trial because it mostly presumes his guilt on insider
trading charges, Steinberg’s lawyer claimed in a memo filed in
federal court in New York on Tuesday.
To fix the problem, Steinberg’s legal team asked for
permission to have potential jurors fill out a questionnaire to
identify any potential bias among them, according to the memo.
In the complaint against former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine filed in federal court on Thursday, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission depicted the former New Jersey Governor as a negligent leader who should never be allowed back into the financial industry because he did not try hard enough to stop his employees from raiding the brokerage’s customer accounts to cover its own trading losses.
The suit stops short of an important accusation, however: intent. Though Corzine and MF Global’s former assistant treasurer Edith O’Brien should have known better, according to the CFTC, they did not mean to make the inappropriate money transfers or to lie about them or try to cover them up.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The lawsuit that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is considering filing against MF Global chief executive Jon Corzine would require the CFTC also to charge other former MF Global employees, legal experts said on Tuesday.
The CFTC is preparing to recommend to its commissioners that a civil complaint against Corzine be filed in federal court, a person familiar with the matter said. The potential suit was first reported by the New York Times on Tuesday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A regional director for the securities industry’s self-regulatory agency resigned several weeks after the organization received a letter revealing the official had pleaded guilty two decades ago to charitable bingo fraud.
The letter, which was reviewed by Reuters, was sent on May 21 by former securities broker David Evansen to Richard Ketchum, the chief executive officer of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and Susan Axelrod, FINRA’s executive vice president of regulatory operations.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The top public affairs officer for U.S. federal prosecutors in Manhattan is leaving to join public relations group Sard Verbinnen & Co, which represents many high-profile financial firms, including Steven A. Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, according to the firm’s co-founder George Sard.
Ellen Davis, who has spent just less than three years as the chief public information officer for prosecutors in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York, will leave her position at the end of the month and join Sard in September.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The conventional wisdom on Wall Street is the clock is running out for U.S. prosecutors to make a case against billionaire trader Steven A. Cohen and his hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors after years of investigation.
There is a legal prohibition against filing criminal charges based on an instance of insider trading more than five years old, and two of the sets of trades viewed by legal analysts as having the best chances of leading prosecutors to Cohen were made five years ago, in July and August of 2008.
NEW YORK, June 6 (Reuters) – The conventional wisdom on Wall
Street is the clock is running out for U.S. prosecutors to make
a case against billionaire trader Steven A. Cohen and his hedge
fund SAC Capital Advisors after years of investigation.
There is a legal prohibition against filing criminal charges
based on an instance of insider trading more than five years
old, and two of the sets of trades viewed by legal analysts as
having the best chances of leading prosecutors to Cohen were
made five years ago, in July and August of 2008.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Eleven people in the United States, the UK and Vietnam have been arrested and accused of running a $200 million worldwide credit card fraud ring, U.S. and UK law enforcement officials said on Wednesday.
“One of the world’s major facilitation networks for online card fraud has been dismantled by this operation, and those engaged in this type of crime should know that they are neither anonymous, nor beyond the reach of law enforcement agencies,” Andy Archibald, interim Deputy Director of the National Cyber Crime Unit, said in a statement on the British government’s Serious Organized Crime Agency website. (here)
LOUIS (Reuters) – These are unsettling times for digital currency businesses and the venture capitalists backing them.
On Tuesday, authorities in Spain, Costa Rica and New York arrested five people at the digital currency firm Liberty Reserve, including its founder Arthur Budovsky, and seized related bank accounts and Internet domains.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors have filed an indictment against the operators of digital currency exchange Liberty Reserve, accusing the Costa Rica-based company of helping criminals around the world launder more than $6 billion in illicit funds linked to everything from child pornography to software for hacking into banks.
The indictment unsealed on Tuesday said Liberty Reserve had more than a million users worldwide, including at least 200,000 in the United States, and virtually all of its business was related to suspected criminal activity.