The Securities and Exchange Commission was formally charged six men in an insider trading case.
The group includes Anthony Longoria, a former manager at AMD, as well as Daniel DeVore, a manager at Dell as well as Marvell consultant Winifred Jiau, Flextronics executive Walter Shimoon and two employees of investment research firm Primary Global.
Longoria, Shimoon as well as the primary Global employees were arrested in an FBI sting back in December. The original accusation involved passing on confidential product information in exchange for money to Primary Global. These new SEC charges apparently stem from new findings from an ongoing investigation as the organization alleges that Longoria, DeVore, Jiau and shimoon "obtained material, non-public confidential information about quarterly earnings and performance data and shared that information with hedge funds and other clients of PGR who traded on the inside information." According to the SEC, the illegally provided information resulted in profits in the amount of about $6 million. "Company executives and other insiders moonlighting as consultants to hedge funds cannot blatantly peddle their company's confidential information for personal gain," Robert Khuzami, director of the SEC's Division of Enforcement, said in a statement.
According to the SEC, Longoria collected more than 130,000 in consulting fees from primary Global, while DeVore was paid about $145,000, Shimoon $13,600 and Jiau $200,000. The complaint filed by the SEC asks to prevent Longoria, Shimoon and DeVore from acting as an officer or director of any registered public company, to repay any gains including interest and pay additional penalties. Similar cases in the past have also resulted in jail time.