Thursday, October 27, 2011

An Allegedly Well-Placed Tipper

A Goldman director named Gupta
Was looked upta but turned out corrupta;
He tipped from inside,
Said the Feds, who then tried
To disrupt that which Gupta was upta.

Federal prosecutors have indicted Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta on charges of engaging in an insider trading scheme with hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, who has already been convicted. In a novel twist, the prosecution acknowledges that Mr. Gupta did not directly profit from the tips he provided on Goldman Sachs and P&G (of which he is also a director); rather, Mr. Gupta's motivation was seen to be the cultivation of influence and favor with his far richer friend, with whom he also invested. For his part, Mr. Gupta found it serendipitous that his indictment coincided with Diwali, the Indian "Festival of Lights" and start of the new year, as he felt that this would offer a measure of divine protection.
Regardless of the outcome of this case, may all those kindling the festival lights have a Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year!


  1. Rajat Gupta, the retiring CEO of McKinsey & Co. and a former Goldman Sachs board member, was convicted of insider trading over seven years ago and served 19 months in prison. Gupta maintains his innocence and says he wants to rebuild his life in his first interview after his release from jail in 2016. Despite being convicted guilty by a jury of three counts of securities fraud and one conspiracy charge, and not guilty on two other charges, Gupta told CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin that he is innocent. His two biggest regrets, he claimed, are speaking too openly about Goldman's business secrets and failing to testify at his trial. Get this puzzle games and play with your friends.


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