Consultant Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Insider Trading and Obstruction Of Justice


Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has announced that ROOMY KHAN has been sentenced to one year in prison.

KHAN has been jailed for her participation in insider trading schemes in which KHAN provided material, nonpublic information (“Inside Information”) about various publicly-traded companies to a number of individuals, including Raj Rajaratnam, the founder and former head of the Galleon Group, and Doug Whitman, the president and founder of Whitman Capital.

KHAN pled guilty in October 2009 to securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud, and obstruction of justice pursuant to a cooperation agreement with the Government. She was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff.

According to the Information, statements made during KHAN’s guilty plea proceeding, KHAN’s testimony during the criminal trial of Doug Whitman, and the Government’s sentencing submission in KHAN’s case:

From approximately 2004 through 2007, KHAN provided Rajaratnam, Whitman, and others with Inside Information relating to several companies, including Polycom and Google, with the understanding that these individuals would use the information to trade securities. KHAN also used some of the Inside Information to make personal trades. In exchange for the information she provided to her co-conspirators, KHAN received Inside Information about numerous other companies.

In addition, KHAN obstructed the Government’s investigation of her co-conspirators by, among other things, deleting an incriminating email she received from a co-conspirator and alerting others to a pending investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Rakoff sentenced KHAN, 54, to three years of supervised release. KHAN was also ordered to pay $1,525,000 in forfeiture and a $300 special assessment fee.


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