Six found guilty of insider dealing
Six individuals have been found guilty of insider dealing offences in the longest market abuse prosecution bought by the FSA.
Following a four and a half month trial at Southwark Crown Court, Ali Mustafa, Pardip Saini, Paresh Shah, Neten Shah, Bijal Shah, and Truptesh Patel were convicted of offences relating to insider dealing between 2006 and 2008, when they were arrested.
The City watchdog said the case involved examining hundreds of trading accounts and telephone records, to build up a picture of the timing and degree of contact between those in the insider dealing ring.
The regulator said the defendants obtained confidential and price-sensitive information from investment banks concerning proposed or forthcoming takeover bids. They then used accounts to place spread bets ahead of those announcements knowing that when the information became public knowledge the price would rise. The defendants were convicted of making a combined profit of £732,044.59 on trading between 1 May 2006 and 31 May 2008.
They will be sentenced on Friday 27 July 2012.
Another defendant, Mitesh Shah was acquitted of insider dealing.
Tracey McDermott, acting director of the enforcement and financial crime division, said: “The defendants were involved in a long running, sophisticated and very profitable scheme. Indeed, several of the defendants derived the majority of their income from the scheme.
“They took a number of steps to reduce the likelihood of detection and continued, throughout the trial, to deny any wrongdoing. Our success in bringing these individuals to justice is the result of innovative and determined work done across our markets, intelligence and enforcement teams over several years.
“This sort of behaviour poses a significant risk to the integrity of markets and cheats honest investors. We will continue to use all of the tools at our disposal to ensure those who seek to abuse the system have nowhere to hide.
“The conduct of the individuals in this case and the details of the scheme which have now been revealed are important reminders to firms of the need to protect inside information throughout its life so that it cannot be misused.”