One late afternoon in March 2007, Sanjay Wadhwa sat at his desk transfixed by the data on his computer screen. Wadhwa was then a low-level supervisor in the Wall Street office of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigating a supposedly routine case of “cherry- picking.” The SEC had gotten a complaint that Rengan Rajaratnam, the founder of Sedna Capital Management LLC, a small hedge fund, was doling out a disproportionate share of his best trades to the beneficiaries of a “friends and family” account. It was Wadhwa’s job to figure out what was going on, Bloomberg Businessweek reports in its April 23 issue.
The former internal watchdog for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission violated ethics rules by overseeing investigations that touched on people with whom he had “personal relationships,” an outside review found.
Former Wells Fargo & Co. investment banker John Femenia was charged in Charlotte, North Carolina, last week with leading an $11 million insider trading ring that paid kickbacks in cash and gold for tips on corporate mergers.
U.S. securities regulators should create a public system where investors can submit their reasons for buying or short selling a given stock, giving the government access to information that might tip investigators off to potentially fraudulent companies, Bill Ackman said.