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Friday, June 08, 2012

(Reuters) Exclusive: Insider trading probe swings from bankers to ballplayers

An ongoing insider trading investigation by U.S. prosecutors in Los Angeles is focusing on a retired, well-known baseball player and several other former athletes whose names have not yet been disclosed, said two people familiar with the situation.

The former athletes under scrutiny - mainly a group of professional baseball players - are allegedly part of what one U.S. investigatory government official described as “a loose federation of people” sharing important market-moving information about various companies before it becomes public.

 

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A potential sign of things to come in California came last August when the Philadelphia office charged former California Angels third baseman Doug DeCinces with insider trading. In that case, filed in federal court in Santa Ana, California, regulators charged DeCinces, his physical therapist and two of his friends with trading shares of Advanced Medical Optics, a healthcare company, based on non-public information.

The four men settled with the SEC and agreed to fines. DeCinces paid $2.5 million. A criminal probe remains open, but no charges have been filed so far against any of the men. DeCinces’ lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

The civil charges against DeCinces are not directly related to the investigation involving the larger group of former athletes. But the people familiar with the situation said the DeCinces charges developed during the investigation.

Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: June 08, 2012 at 04:52 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: business, retiree

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   1. bfan Posted: June 08, 2012 at 05:12 PM (#4151951)
baseball players engaged in insider-trading? What's next, investment bankers using steriods?
   2. Swedish Chef Posted: June 08, 2012 at 05:19 PM (#4151956)
Given Dykstra's investment prowess, I'm pretty sure this time it isn't him.
   3. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 08, 2012 at 05:56 PM (#4151975)
Given Dykstra's investment prowess, I'm pretty sure this time it isn't him.

that would be outsider trading
   4. GregD Posted: June 08, 2012 at 06:04 PM (#4151981)
The former athletes under scrutiny - mainly a group of professional baseball players - are allegedly part of what one U.S. investigatory government official described as “a loose federation of people” sharing important market-moving information about various companies before it becomes public.

Loose federation is an awesome term. I picture the Hanseatic League at the Hansetag in Cologne.
   5. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 08, 2012 at 06:07 PM (#4151984)
Or the Avengers!
   6. Bhaakon Posted: June 09, 2012 at 04:39 AM (#4152233)
Loose federation is an awesome term. I picture the Hanseatic League at the Hansetag in Cologne.


Isn't it technically a confederation?
   7. Jose Canusee Posted: June 09, 2012 at 05:26 PM (#4152600)
I would have pictured the Hanseatic League too, but Judge Landis threatened us with a MLB TV blackout if we did.
   8. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 09, 2012 at 06:18 PM (#4152624)
I would have pictured the Hanseatic League too, but Judge Landis threatened us with a MLB TV blackout if we did.

I always rooted for the Lübeck Löwen

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