Friday, December 17, 2010

Leaked Apple secrets lead to arrests

iPhone secrets among tips that led to arrests

Updated: Friday, 17 Dec 2010, 8:29 AM EST
Published : Friday, 17 Dec 2010, 8:28 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Manhattan broadened their insider trading crackdown Thursday, arresting four people on charges alleging that so-called "expert consultants" revealed secrets about Apple Inc.'s iPhone and other technology products to hedge funds seeking a trading edge on quarterly earnings reports.

The latest probe targeted Primary Global Research, a Mountain View, Calif.-based firm that offered consulting services to investors on industry trends, issues and regulations. Instead, prosecutors allege, firm executive James Fleishman used four consultants employed by publicly traded companies to create a corrupt clearinghouse for confidential information.

Fleishman, 41, was charged with wire fraud and conspiracy. Three others, all outside "expert consultants" for Primary Global Research until earlier this year, were charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud, according to papers filed in federal court in Manhattan.


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