Guilty Plea in Galleon Insider Trading Case
Mr. Kumar admitted that from 2003 to 2009 he received $2.6 million from Galleon hedge fund founder and billionaire Raj Rajaratnam in exchange for confidential information about clients he was working with to make illegal stock trades.
In order to hide the cash payments, Mr. Kumar admitted that Mr. Rajaratnam opened a Swiss bank account for him under a different name and then funneled the payments to the account, and eventually into Galleon’s hedge funds. Mr. Rajaratnam praised Mr. Kumar for the information he provided, at one point telling him he was, “a hero,” according to prosecutors.
As a result of his guilt plea, Kumar could face up to 25 years in prison. Charges against Mr. Rajaratnam, who earlier plead not guilty, are also pending.