Analyst who leaked iPhone sales trend data charged with insider trading and fraud

Analyst who leaked iPhone sales trend data charged with insider trading and fraud
Between 2008 and 2010 the analyst John Kinnucan paid insiders with cash, trips and other incentives for information from their companies, including Apple's iPhone sales data.

The scoops were later sold to hedge funds for some good ol' insider trading, similar to the James Fleischman "consultancy", who was bribing a Samsung employee to give him some valuable data on iPad component sales.

John Kinnucan was allegedly supplying New York and California hedgies with the info, including the $6.5 billion Dallas-based Carlson Capital. A New York-based portfolio manager there used Kinnucan's information in its trades, but the hedge fund says he had already left the company, and it is cooperating with the authorities on breaking up the fraudulent practice.

The "consultant" allegedly got paid hundreds of thousands for his information, and came to fame in 2010, when he publicly refused to carry an FBI wire as part of its Perfect Hedge operation. The 54-year old Kinnucan now faces up to 20 years of jailtime for each indictment, and the prosecution has overwhelming evidence against him. 

The analyst called a portfolio manager just minutes after he learned from a company employee that his firm will beat estimates, for example, allowing him time to cover his short bets, which prevented a $631, 000 loss, but was reflected in an email trail between the two. 

source: Reuters



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. I called that one. :) Wasnt it just a few months ago i was questioning why analysts dont get busted for insider trading. Like they arent making a mint on that info. Boom. There is the first domino in that train.

2. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

Lets see what happens next.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Nothing will happen, these analyst all cheat with upgrades and downgrades to allow each other to short, or long stock at an opportunistic price. Wall street trading is fixed big time.

4. cr8tive007

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

What's seemingly sad is that the analyst is just one small cog in the mix that has clearly been hung out to dry... I agree it's wrong what he did, but in the scope of things, the bigger problem is the people he SOLD the info to that he gathered. The fat whales covered shorts or went long depending making millions... those people need to be equally brought down. I should of been a member of Congress so that I could sit in on all those economic news briefs and reports so I could do some trading...

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