Galleon Group LLC co-founder Raj Rajaratnam, the fund manager convicted in 2011 of masterminding one of the biggest insider trading schemes in a generation, lost a bid for a rehearing of his case by a federal appeals court.
The judge who sentenced Raj Rajaratnam to 11 years in prison for insider trading after a trial in which he often closed proceedings and sealed files used a public relations firm to announce his resignation.
Raj Rajaratnam, the Galleon Group LLC co-founder whom prosecutors called “the modern face of illegal insider trading,” was sentenced to 11 years in prison, one of the longest terms ever for insider trading, though less than half of the maximum sought by the government.
Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund manager given the longest sentence for insider trading, may serve that time at a North Carolina prison whose inmates include Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernard Madoff, corporate looter John Rigas and terrorist leader Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman.
Galleon Group LLC’s Raj Rajaratnam will be sentenced today for masterminding the biggest hedge-fund insider trading scheme in U.S. history, facing a federal judge who has broad discretion in setting his punishment.
Richard Holwell, the Manhattan federal judge overseeing the trial of Raj Rajaratnam, is a former corporate lawyer who condemned insider trading in two recent cases he has handled during his eight years on the bench.
Rajat Gupta, the ex-Goldman Sachs Group Inc. director accused of giving inside information to fund manager Raj Rajaratnam about that company and Procter & Gamble Co., may face additional allegations he passed tips, prosecutors said.
Galleon Group LLC’s Raj Rajaratnam, potentially facing almost two decades in prison, will have an “uphill struggle” in seeking to overturn his conviction in the biggest insider-trading trial since the 1980s, a former prosecutor said.