U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Litigation Release No. 22021 / June 30, 2011
SEC v. Galleon Management, LP, et al., Civil Action No. 09-CV-8811 (S.D.N.Y.) (JSR)
Former Schottenfeld Proprietary Trader David Plate Settles SEC Insider Trading Charges
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that on June 28, 2011, The Honorable Jed S. Rakoff of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a judgment against David Plate in SEC v. Galleon Management, LP, et al., 09-CV-8811, an insider trading case the SEC filed on October 16, 2009. The SEC charged Plate, who was a registered representative and a proprietary trader at the broker-dealer Schottenfeld Group, LLC, during the relevant time period, with using inside information to trade ahead of an impending acquisition announcement.
In its action, the SEC alleged that, in March 2007, Plate was tipped inside information that Kronos Inc. would be acquired in about a week for a substantial premium. On the basis of the material non-public information he received, Plate traded in a Schottenfeld account he managed.
To settle the SEC's charges, Plate consented to the entry of a judgment that: (i) permanently enjoins him from violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5 thereunder; and (ii) orders him to pay disgorgement of $43,876.37, plus prejudgment interest of $9,415.54. The judgment further provides that the Court later will determine issues relating to a civil penalty. Plate previously pled guilty to charges of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud in a related criminal case, United States v. David Plate, 10-CR-0056 (S.D.N.Y.).