By Emily Chasan and Liana Baker

NEW YORK, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Expert network firms, currently the focus of a major U.S. insider trading investigation, have never had to work too hard to find midlevel corporate executives willing to moonlight as paid consultants.

With consultants earning anywhere from $200 to $1,000 an hour for a meeting with hedge fund traders, working for an expert network firm — an intermediary company that matches industry consultants with hedge funds — is an easy way for executives to pad their bank accounts. (more…)