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Raj Raj Gets 11 Years In Federal Prison

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While Angelo Mozilo is working on his tan and pretending he did not engage in blatant 10(b)-5 fraud for years and years. Oh well, justice is served.  Don't look for the Gerson Lehrman IPO any times soon.


From Reuters:

Raj Rajaratnam, a self-made hedge fund tycoon convicted in the biggest Wall Street trading scandal in a generation, was ordered on Thursday to serve 11 years in prison, one of the longest sentences on record in an insider-trading case but less than prosecutors had sought.


Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Richard Holwell in Manhattan to impose a sentence of at least 19-1/2 years on the Galleon Group founder, the central figure in a sweeping criminal case that touched some of America's top companies, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Intel Corp, IBM and the elite McKinsey & Co consultancy.


Defense lawyers had argued that Rajaratnam deserved a much shorter prison term, citing unspecified health problems and arguing that the government was pushing for a punishment more appropriate to a violent criminal.


Prosecutors have called Rajaratnam, 54, the "modern face" of insider trading, putting him in a dubious pantheon of Wall Street power players such as takeover specialist Ivan Boesky and junk bond financier Michael Milken, principal figures in a mid-1980s insider-trading case. Both men served about two years in prison.


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Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:21 | 1769616 teknic
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They should have given him the 19-24 years.


Health issues my ass.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:25 | 1769648 Pladizow
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So with good behavior he'll be out in 5-6 years?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:28 | 1769661 slackrabbit
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probably three after a letter from timmay saying he was doing gods work

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:32 | 1769681 gojam
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We're going to need more prisons.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:39 | 1769726 onearmedlove
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Actually if they stopped putting black people in jail for selling weed there would be lots of space.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:03 | 1769839 Surly Bear
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'Federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison'

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:48 | 1770021 ThisIsBob
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Speaking of which, How does our leqader expect to carry California without the queer and stoner vote?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:54 | 1770038 goldfreak
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Did he not contribute to the right senator or something?

Let that be a lesson to you all for trying to disrespect (shortchange) our "elected" officials (gangsters)

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 14:42 | 1770488 Oh regional Indian
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Actually, I see this as a really rayciss case. Raj was nowhere near the top of the foodchain, even with his billion or half. He was a wannabe.

The GWS (Great White Sharks) are still swimming free and will be, for some time to come. Lot's more minnows to  the Gallows yet. Raj was partially screwed by the colour of his skin. No doubt.


The Perversion of Language

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:17 | 1769893 fuu
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Amen to that.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:35 | 1770158 zerozulu
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Legalize weed.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:40 | 1769731 junkyardjack
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And ballin' out of control

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:48 | 1769775 Don Birnam
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Raj, next to a ready supply of cartons of Marlboro Reds, this will be your best friend on the inside:

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:49 | 1769781 SRV - ES339
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Federal system... he serves it all, maybe 10% for GB but that's it!

Real question is where are the rest of them... you know, the crooks that really look like Wall Street bankers... Oh wait, I get it... it's the visible minorities that are the bad guys!

Off to join the Occupy Bay Street in Toronto this weekend... hope to see some ZH fans there!

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:45 | 1770198 smlbizman
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Thu, 10/13/2011 - 15:44 | 1770796 JayParamedic
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Thu, 10/13/2011 - 14:33 | 1770457 OffShorewHore
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Nah, he'll do 85% which means he will be out probably 9 years and some change.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 14:34 | 1770461 dugorama
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why do you pre-suppose good behaviour?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:11 | 1769868 Freddie
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Steve Cohen (SAC) and Cramer when he was a hedgie bottom feeder do the same things.  Raj should lose his citizenship and be deported after he gets out of the luxury fed prison he will be spending time in.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:21 | 1769617 haskelslocal
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Can the real tan guy please stand up. Please stand up. Please stand up.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:22 | 1769618 thatthingcanfly
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Maybe he can petition to serve part of that doing community service by cleaning windows at a 7-11.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:22 | 1769630 tekhneek
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Someone please bend him over and fuck him with a sand paper condom using baby powder as lubricant.


Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:48 | 1769774 Problem Is
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Your favorite way to take it, my dear?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:59 | 1769822 tekhneek
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Wishful thinking I 'spose.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:04 | 1769848 Yen Cross
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 Ouch! Remind me to never incite your wrong "side"...

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:23 | 1769635 loveyajimbo
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Now he can work on his fat belly while his new pals work on his fat ass...  what is the CDS on his colon health?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:32 | 1769676 slaughterer
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Now we finally have one convicted.  What about the others?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:46 | 1770009 Sancho Ponzi
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I won't be satisfied until Vikram Pandit, 'God's work' Blankfein and Jamie Dimon are his shower buddies.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:23 | 1769637 falak pema
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One good thing about this discplinary decision is that raj raj will lose weight! 

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:24 | 1769642 Tense INDIAN
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isnt that too harsh....thats like a murder sentence

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:09 | 1769864 johnQpublic
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isnt it somewhat of a death sentence when you rob people of the future wealth forcing them into poverty and how about commodities manipulation that drives up the price of food for the poor worldwide causing starvation and death?


besides, you know damn well he'll walk early or get some sorta presidential pardon

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:24 | 1769643 PicassoInActions
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he probably was involved in latest Iran plot... 

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:24 | 1769645 treemagnet
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You gotta know the right people and make sure they're happy with their cut before you start this kind of shit.  Oh, and make sure you can pin it on some intern....

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:27 | 1769650 PulauHantu29
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Yes, it's much easier to go after some foreigner (or at least looks alien) then a home grown financial fraudster on Wall Street.

What's next?

You'll try to tell me some Mexican drug cartle pawn tried to assassinate an Arab King? gullible do you think I am?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:29 | 1769667 disabledvet
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Did you know the word "gullible" isn't in the dictionary?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:32 | 1769680 PulauHantu29
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gullible. Also found in: Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia, 0.01 sec. gul·li·ble (g l -b l ). adj. Easily deceived or duped. [From gull.] gul li·bil i·ty n. gul li·bly adv. gullible ...

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:03 | 1769836 HelluvaEngineer
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Is "sense of humor" in there?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:31 | 1769670 disabledvet
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Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:34 | 1769694 gmrpeabody
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What about doublepost?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:41 | 1769734 knukles
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What about it?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:42 | 1769740 knukles
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What about it?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:46 | 1769762 Problem Is
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Fuckin' Funny...

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:46 | 1769765 Problem Is
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Fuckin' Funny...

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:27 | 1769655 AGuy
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Unlike Mozilo, Raj failed to pay off the right politicians.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:32 | 1769675 NotApplicable
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Yes, I take it he's not in the club.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:26 | 1769931 spanish inquisition
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Not enough money to buy freedom in this case. A message needed to be sent to all the dark skinned foreigners from Wall Street. Don't take jobs from white male criminals or they will make you pay. Sure, work around the margins so Wall Street can say "Hey, we are integrated!" or "There is a woman around here too somewhere, you must of just missed her!" Raj's problem was he did the work of 5-6 white male inside traders at a fraction of the cost. You know how cranky Streeters get when bonuses are short. 11 year sentence= (avg prev sentences) 2 years x (displaced indigenous insider traders, 5-6) 5.5. And he will bend over and take it, because if he causes a fuss, he will be tied to aiding terrorists and a drone will be sent to his home town.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:28 | 1770136 zerozulu
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Hindooos and Jeoos don't know how to give. They only know how to take.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:29 | 1769668 vegas
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This is nothing short of a travesty of justice. Typical of what passes in the US for a 'pound of flesh"

Meanwhile as TD notes, Mozillo, Bawny Fwank, Dodd, et al get a complete pass on the biggest fraud in the history of the world.

Hell, nobody can even give a legal definition of "insider trading". But don't worry, the kleptocrats at the SEC are busy protecting the public 24/7/365 while surfing for porn 8 hours a day. Sorry to see you get your nuts busted Raj.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:34 | 1769692 Lets_Eat_Ben
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I wonder if Barney Frank will become more intelligible once his tongue is cut out...

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:32 | 1769678 YesWeKahn
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Hey, he was just a small fish. There are still sharks out there.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:33 | 1769684 Peter K
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I don't believe he did it. He looks like such a nice young man :)

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:34 | 1769689 Yen Cross
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 It's just the beginning!

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:43 | 1769749 lizzy36
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We've only just begun to live
White lace and promises
A kiss for luck and we're on our way
We've only begun


Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:34 | 1769690 curbyourrisk
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He is small potatoes compared to the likes of Dick Fuld, Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfien.  When will we see their PERP walks? way this administratin ever does the right thing.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:50 | 1769788 defn8Dog
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How about Blankfein walking over and shaking hands with Raj during the trial?  Not sure if there's a video capturing that special moment, but here's the artist rendering.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:36 | 1769707 RobotTrader
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He'll be out in 3 years on good behavior and start up another hedge fund.

Like other Wall St. failures, he'll have no problem raising billions.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:44 | 1769752 PicassoInActions
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his good behavier will be determine by few pedophiles in the same cell.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:53 | 1769801 SRV - ES339
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Fed charges, so no GB Robo... he'll do at least 10 if he lasts that long

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:48 | 1770017 Sancho Ponzi
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That's not how the federal prison works. You serve the time, period.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 14:39 | 1770475 OffShorewHore
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Nah, he'll do 'bout 9 years and some change with half way house and all that other Fed rehabilitation bull sh..t


Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:37 | 1769711 Caviar Emptor
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Poor Raj. He should tell them 'look this ain't the 1980s' when inside traders did hard time (Milken). This is the new era 

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:37 | 1769712 azzhatter
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Dammit, I was hoping for 212 months. Hope he brings the KY

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:43 | 1769751 Problem Is
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I had my money on 144 months in the Raj-O-Jail-Pool...

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:38 | 1769718 Parth
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This will almost encourage insider trading.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:40 | 1769732 lizzy36
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Raj apparently needs transplant surgery (and no liposuction is not transplant surgery).

He wants to go home Sri Lanka to get (read BUY) his kidney transplant.

That type 2 diabetes is a bitch. Of course just the unintended consequences of being 200 lbs overweight.

Of course this is a political sentence. They mine as well just admit that they were completely impotent in prosecuting anyone that actually matters, so they got the brown dude on insider trading charges.

Joe Cassano enjoying another sunny day in London, while counting his hundreds of million of dollars, and AIG still in hock to US takpayers for about $130B.


Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:46 | 1769761 knukles
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"If you're brown, you go down"
"If you're brown, we bomb your town"


Anybody else see the Irony in that what with our egalitarian leadership these days?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:21 | 1769908 Yen Cross
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Lizzy you are priceless. Thank GOD, I never under/estimated you.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:40 | 1769733 Problem Is
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Throw The Indian Guy Under The Bus
There... Wall Street is all cleaned up...

Time to look forward instead of backwards...

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:45 | 1769760 PicassoInActions
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It tooks so long to process, i bet he build his own jail with nice view ...

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:46 | 1769764 onearmedlove
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Conrad Black on his prison time.



Q: Is that what [food]  you spent your stamps on? 

A: No, we had—to use Lenin’s phrase—a division of labour: I would do some things for some of the inmates, and in return they would do some things for me, and there were better cooks in that place than I am.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:47 | 1769771 Ned Zeppelin
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sacrificial small fish

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:49 | 1769780 monopoly
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Mozilo makes John Thain and Blankfein almost appear to be human beings. They will all rot in Hell. Disgusting that these parasites are all still walking the streets.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:51 | 1770032 Bam_Man
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Mozilo makes John Thain and Blankfein almost appear to be human beings.

And that is quite a feat.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:49 | 1769782 riphowardkatz
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He will be a hit in prison with moves like this. 

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:50 | 1769785 Schmuck Raker
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"132 MONTH PRISON TERM" - "on five counts of conspiracy and nine counts of securities fraud."


That's less than 10 months/crime. Poor little rich boy.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:50 | 1769786 nedwardkelly
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11 years is ridiculous. It's not just the magnitude of a penalty that discourages people (within reason), it's the likelihood of getting caught.

Think of it like this...

Deterance factor = probability of getting caught X severity of punishment

So in this case, lets say an 11 year sentence for a 56 year old is about a 6 on the severity scale (10 being death, 1 being a trivial fine). Probability of getting caught is still what... 1 in 1000? How many other people are out there blantantly cheating the financial system? 10,000? Let's be conservative, saying the probaility is 0.001

So we've got

Deterance factor = 0.001 * 6 = 0.006

Or, we could have something like:

1 year in jail for insider trading (that's like a 4 on the severity scale*), but actually police, charge and prosecute people for it!!! If the probability of being caught is significantly higher, lets say 0.8, then you get:

Deterance factor = 0.8 * 4 = 3.2

Yes these are completely bullshit made up numbers, but the point is that if it's still completely unlikely that you will get caught for it, then it doesn't really matter how 'severe' the sentence is in deterring others from teh same crime. On the other hand, you could significantly reduce the penalty, if it was much more likely someone would be caught.

How many people would be willing to risk a year in prison if it was extremely likely they'd get caught? As it stands, it's pretty damn unlikely (look at all the convictions!!!!) so people risk it.


Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:55 | 1769806 LFMayor
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He needs to take a copy of that 3000 year old fuckbook with him, the Kama Sutra.  And some Tucks medicated pads.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 11:56 | 1769809 PicassoInActions
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the sentence was not only for him, it was for others too notice... and i bet if they would shot the guys, others would think twice before doing something wrong.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:01 | 1769831 Joeman34
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Does he get to keep his cash?  Haven't heard anything about monetary penalties...

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 15:00 | 1770550 lins216
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"The judge also fined him $10 million and ordered him to forfeit $53.8 million, which Holwell said approximated the illegal profits and avoided losses from the trading scheme."

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:04 | 1769849 SRV - ES339
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As mentioned above, we have an "Occupy" this weekend in TO. Looking for something short and sweet for a sign and thought I'd throw it out there for ZH feedback... so far I've got a Gretzky sweater for the 99%er angle, and just a simple GREED KILLS (maybe dripping in blood) for a sign, but I'm sure someone out there could do better...

Thanks in advance for the suggestions... and no I will not stay there and never return, sorry... lol!

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:24 | 1769921 fuu
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How about:

Morals > Money

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:07 | 1769851 Zola
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@nedwardkelly   Very good point- also a ridiculous thing is that the SEC never actually investigates really suspect market behaviour where informed people like on ZH can easily see or suspect foul play. The guys live in stone age bureaucracy. Hell it would be 100x better than the SEC to have a privately funded agency by contributions from investors to police the market and investigate suspected fraud. Think Markopoulous partners. I know i would probably contribute to such a company if they bring on legal actions against all the crooks. 

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:13 | 1769875 tallen
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Let just hope it's a Federal-Pound-Me-In-The-Ass-Prison.


1 down, millions to go....

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:20 | 1769902 fuu
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Good start.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:42 | 1769978 NuYawkFrankie
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Thu, 10/13/2011 - 12:44 | 1769979 NuYawkFrankie
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Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:57 | 1769980 NuYawkFrankie
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An hedge-fund honcho named Raj

Had a backside as big as a barge,

His cell-mate named "Honey"

Claimed he'd make loadsa money

Should he rent it out as a "garage"


Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:20 | 1770116 zerozulu
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We are suffering because our fathers and grandfathers let the Jews enter this country. Our sons and grandsons will suffer because we let the Indians get in this country.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:21 | 1770119 Zymurguy
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All the while insider trading is perfectly legal for those elected to congress.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:34 | 1770153 The Big Ching-aso
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The Indian version of Martha Stewart.      

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 14:46 | 1770501 OffShorewHore
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Raj is my dude, no matter what, he is just one of the many who actually got stupid, too greedy and got caught.

He should have been out the game along time ago.

And as for the snitch ass bitchez that rat him out, i'd say to hell with all rat bastards.  Do the time if you do the crime. 


Thu, 10/13/2011 - 15:11 | 1770600 MelvilleSaysNo
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If this guy was a yid, he wouldn't be doing time.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 15:42 | 1770783 JayParamedic
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Like a 'federal pound-me-in-the-ass' prison?

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 15:45 | 1770806 Debtless
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Fuck 'em.

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 15:50 | 1770825 slvrizgold
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Milken and Boesky only served 2 years because they're Jews.   But Raj is a brown Goy.   Big difference in USSA and the Bolshevik/Fascist courts.


Tue, 12/27/2011 - 20:07 | 2015033 oleander garch
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Raj Rajaratnam is the only corrupt Wall Streeter who has gone to prison since the financial crisis in 2008... and not because he scammed his clients but because he scammed Warren Buffet and Goldman Sachs!


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