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Former GOP Congressman Arrested On Insider Trading Charges

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NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Stephen Buyer was arrested Monday in Indiana on charges related to an insider trading case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission in Manhattan federal court, in response to a spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Damian Williams.

Buyer, a Republican who represented Indiana from 1993 through 2011 and served on committees with oversight over the telecommunications industry, was identified Monday in court documents as someone who misappropriated secrets he learned as a consultant to make about $350,000 illegally.

In a civil case brought by the SEC against Buyer, he was described as making purchases of Sprint securities in March 2018 only a day after attending a golf outing with a T-Mobile executive who told him in regards to the company’s then nonpublic plan to accumulate Sprint.

Buyer was amongst nine people charged in 4 separate and unrelated insider trading schemes revealed on Monday with the unsealing of indictments in Latest York City.

Williams told a news conference that the cases, along with several other recently announced crackdowns on insider trading, represent a follow through on his pledge to be “relentless in rooting out crime in our financial markets.”

“We’ve got zero tolerance, zero tolerance for cheating in our markets,” said Gurbir S. Grewal, director of the SEC Enforcement Division.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below.

NEW YORK (AP) — A former U.S. congressman from Indiana, technology company executives and an investment banker were amongst nine people charged in 4 separate and unrelated insider trading schemes revealed on Monday with the unsealing of indictments in Latest York City.

It was probably the most significant attacks by law enforcement on insider trading in a decade and a prosecutor and other federal officials planned a news conference to elaborate on the cases that they said resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal profits for the defendants, who were situated on each coasts and in middle America.

One indictment identified Stephen Buyer as someone who misappropriated secrets he learned as a consultant to make about $350,000 illegally. Buyer, a Republican congressman from 1993 through 2011, served on committees with oversight over the telecommunications industry, the indictment said.

Buyer was accused in court papers of engaging in insider trading during a merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, amongst other deals. Documents said he leveraged his work as a consultant and lobbyist to make illegal profits.

In a civil case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission in Manhattan federal court against Buyer, he was described as making purchases of Sprint securities in March 2018 only a day after attending a golf outing with a T-Mobile executive who told him in regards to the company’s then nonpublic plan to accumulate Sprint.

“When insiders like Buyer — an attorney, a former prosecutor, and a retired Congressman — monetize their access to material, nonpublic information, as alleged on this case, they not only violate the federal securities laws, but additionally undermine public trust and confidence within the fairness of our markets,” Gurbir S. Grewal, director of the SEC Enforcement Division, said in a release.

In a second prosecution, three executives at Silicon Valley technology firms were charged with trading on inside details about corporate mergers that one in every of them learned about from his employer.

In a 3rd case, a person who was training to be an FBI agent allegedly stole inside information from his then-girlfriend who was working at a significant Washington D.C. law firm. In keeping with court papers, he and a friend made greater than $1.4 million in illegal profits after he learned that Merck & Co. was going to accumulate Pandion Therapeutics.

In a fourth indictment, an investment banker based in Latest York was charged with sharing secrets about potential mergers with one other with an understanding that the pair would share illegal profits of about $280,000.

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