Day trader Daniel Corbin has pleaded guilty to a securities fraud charge accusing him of conspiring to make illegal trades based on confidential tips from the wife of an ex-Lehman Brothers salesman. He was one of five people indicted over this insider trading scam in 2008 and the last to plead guilty.
Corbin says that it was his partner, Jamil Bouchareb, who gained access to the material non-public information about Veritas DGC Inc. The information came from ex-Lehman Brothers salesman Matthew Devlin whose wife Nina Devlin worked at the public relations company Brunswick Group LLC at the time and had access to information about mergers and other deals. Devlin gave away that information without her consent.
Following the insider tip, Corbin and Bouchareb used their joint account to purchase 2,500 shares of the company on September 1, 2006. On September 5, 2006, Compagnie Generale de Geophysique SA purchased Veritas DGC. Corbin and Bouchareb made a $16,000 profit from the trade.
In federal court last week, Corbin told the US Magistrate Judge that he suspected that the information Bouchareb obtained wasn’t public but still went along with his partner. Bouchareb was among those who were indicted and pleaded guilty, as did Devlin, who pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and four counts of conspiracy over the improper sharing of information, ex-Lehman salesman Frederick Bowers, and tax attorney Eric Holzer, who used to work at Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP.
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Trader Daniel Corbin Pleads Guilty in New York Federal Court, Bloomberg Businessweek, May 16, 2011
Florida Trader Pleads Guilty in ’06 Insider-Trading Scheme, The Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2011
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