Tuesday, October 18, 2016

InfoScary (Part 3) : Insider (Trading) Threat, Tricks (No Treats)


Adding to our Halloween theme comes the coda to one story about insider threats, delivering a bit of punishment to address the crime: "Law firm employee sentenced in $5.6M insider trading scheme" --
  • "A former employee of a Manhattan law firm that deals in mergers and acquisitions was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Wednesday, after admitting he provided information used in an insider trading scheme to net $5.6 million in profits, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced Wednesday."
  • "The employee, Steven Metro, 42, of Katonah, N.Y., who managed the firm's law clerks, was indicted in January 2015 and later pleaded guilty to two counts charging him with securities fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud. He was sentenced Wednesday to 46 months in federal prison by Judge Michael A. Shipp in U.S. District Court in Trenton, Fishman said."
  • "Like something out of an Oliver Stone film, prosecutors say that from 2009 to 2013, Metro searched the computer system of the firm, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, using key words like 'merger agreement,' 'bid letter,' and 'due diligence,' to find information on impending transactions involving companies represented or advised by Simpson Thacher."
We covered this episode when it first came to light, along with several other examples of the years about how unfortunate actors, taking advantage of internal access in pursuit nefarious ends.


These stories are not just about lawyers, several include staff: both support staff and even IT staff with administrator access to document repositories (raising even more complex questions about who watches the watchers).

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