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Rengan Rajaratnam’s Hedge Fund Fraud Charges Go To Trial

MI-BU919A_RENGA_D_20130325164553New York (HedgeCo.Net) - Rengan Rajaratnam’s trial for hedge fund insider trading has begun.

Rengan Rajaratnam was charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud and six counts of securities fraud. He has been charged with conspiring with his older brother Raj, to cheat on Wall Street and earn nearly $1.2 million illegally.

Rengan was also a portfolio manager at the hedge fund Galleon Group, and the trades for which he was charged resulted in nearly 1.2 million dollars of illegal profit, according to prosecutors. The defendant was charged with six counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy, and faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the fraud counts.

Rengan voluntarily surrendered, his lawyer said, flying in from Brazil the day before the hearing. He was released on $1 million bail. His brother, a Sri Lankan-born American who founded the New York hedge fund Galleon Group, was found guilty on 14 counts of conspiracy and securities fraud in May 2011. He is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence.

Alex Akesson
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