Wednesday, September 5, 2012

SEC Charges Poker Players with Insider Trading

The SEC announced charges against a California man for with illegally tipping a hedge fund manager with inside information about Nvidia Corporation’s quarterly earnings that he learned from his friend who worked at the company.
The SEC alleges that Hyung Lim of Los Altos, Calif., received $15,000 and stock tips about a pending corporate acquisition for regularly providing a fellow poker player, Danny Kuo, with nonpublic details ahead of Nvidia’s quarterly earnings announcements.  Kuo, a hedge fund manager, illegally traded on the information and passed it on to multi-billion dollar hedge fund advisory firms Diamondback Capital Management LLC and Level Global Investors LP.
The SEC charged Kuo and the firms among others earlier this year as part of its widespread investigation into the trading activities of hedge funds. “These hedge fund traders were eager to find an edge in an otherwise competitive marketplace, and Lim provided them that edge for a price,” said Sanjay Wadhwa, Associate Director of the SEC’s New York Regional Office and Deputy Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Market Abuse Unit.  “Now one more participant in this sprawling scheme is being held accountable for his illegal transgressions.”
In a parallel action, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York today announced criminal charges against Lim. According to the SEC’s complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan, Kuo and the hedge funds made nearly $16 million trading in Nvidia securities based on Lim’s inside information.
More detail is available at the SEC web site in its press release.
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