July 25th, 2013
in Op Ed
Wall Street Exec. No Evidence for Criminal Charges. Surprised?
by Rodger Malcolm Mitchell, www.nofica.com
This goes under the heading, “Same old, same old: Too big to jail.” (Caption graphic and emphasis added by Econintersect.)
The Wall Street Journal
SEC Files Civil-Enforcement Action Against SAC Chief Cohen
By Jean Eaglesham and Jenny Strasburg
The Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil-enforcement action against SAC Capital Advisors LP chief Steven A. Cohen, alleging he ignored “red flags” that should have alerted him to insider trading “under his watch.”
Concerning insider trading, the SEC - at the Stamford, Conn., hedge-fund firm - said that Mr. Cohen -
“failed to take reasonable steps to investigate and prevent.”
The SEC is seeking to bar Mr. Cohen, one of Wall Street’s most high-profile investors, from overseeing investor funds.
Federal prosecutors have concluded they don’t have enough evidence to file criminal insider-trading charges against him before a five-year statute of limitations expires at the end of the month.
It’s been five years that this guy has made millions by failing to prevent insider trading, but gosh darn it, in five years of looking, we simply can’t find enough criminal evidence, and now the statute of limitations will expire. Oh, woe is us.
It’s not that we didn’t want to jail him — well, yes it is. The Obama administration never jails big contributors. But we want you to know how sad we are.
The move is the first time regulators in the investigation have brought an action against Mr. Cohen personally. His firm has been the subject of a long-running investigation into insider-trading that has resulted in criminal charges against a number of traders and others with ties to SAC.
But, while trading involving Mr. Cohen has been cited in government documents related to those cases, he hasn’t been criminally charged in those matters or any other.
“It’s the first time, but gee, we didn’t know he even existed. You say he’s been the head of this firm all these years? Wow! We never knew.”
...And gosh darn it, now, just when we’re about to get the criminal evidence on him, the statute of limitations will expire. Wouldn’t you know it?
SAC recently agreed to pay $616 million to settle two SEC insider-trading cases involving the firm’s employees. The firm didn’t admit or deny wrongdoing in agreeing to the settlements. SAC has said Mr. Cohen and his firm acted appropriately.
Doesn’t every firm that “acts appropriately” agree to pay $616 million? Nothing criminally wrong here, folks. Yes, we know that fines don’t mean anything to these firms — just a cost of doing business. But we didn’t think you knew it.
A spokesman for SAC said in a statement that -
“The SEC’s administrative proceeding has no merit. Steve Cohen acted appropriately at all times and will fight this charge vigorously.”
Of course our Mr. Cohen and we at SAC acted appropriately. We paid the $616 million because we felt the SEC could use the money. That proves what nice people we really are.
The spokesman said that the SEC is ignoring SAC’s -
“exceptional supervisory structure, its extensive compliance policies and procedures, and Steve Cohen’s strong support for SAC’s compliance program.”
Yes, we at the SEC see that SAC’s own PR flak now has admitted Cohen was strongly involved in the crooked compliance program (as he is required to be), but that doesn’t mean he’s guilty of anything — at least not for two more weeks, when the statute of limitations runs out.
The SEC alleges Mr. Cohen ignored “highly suspicious information” that should have prompted “any reasonable hedge fund manager” to investigate.
Andrew J. Ceresney, co-director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, said in a statement that -
“Hedge-fund managers are responsible for exercising the appropriate supervision over their employees to ensure that their firms comply with the securities laws.”
“I, Steve Cohen, am using the Sgt. Schultz defense: ‘I see nothing; I hear nothing; I know nothing.’ Here’s $616 million. We’ll make it back in a month. But remember, if you want future campaign contributions, leave me alone.”
“After learning about red flags indicating potential insider trading by his employees, Steven Cohen allegedly failed to follow up to prevent violations of the law.”
Oops, forgive the typo. That should have read: “After learning about red flags indicating potential insider trading by Cohen’s employees, the Security and Exchange Commission failed to follow up to prevent violations of the law.”
Uh, Mr. Cohen, please remember there will be an election next year. May we count on your continued and generous support?
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