According to published reports, Rajiv Goel, a former Intel treasury department manager, could plead guilty as soon as Feb. 8. Goel reportedly waived indictment, a necessary step before pleading guilty. Goel was among more than 20 people charged in the insider trading scheme, which prosecutors say generated more than $20 million in illegal gains.
Rajiv Goel, the former Intel executive named in a massive Wall Street
insider trading scandal, could plead guilty to charges as early as Feb. 8,
according to published reports.
Federal prosecutors filed papers Feb. 4 in U.S. District Court
in New York indicating that the 51-year-old, who was placed on administrative
leave after his arrest in October and left
Intel just before Jan. 1, was waiving indictment, according to various
Such a move is a key step that needs to be taken before a
defendant can enter a guilty plea. Goel is due back in court Feb. 8.
Goel is among almost two dozen people arrested in connection with
an insider trading scandal that involves two Wall
Street hedge funds, including one run by Raj
Rajaratnam, one of the country's richest men. Investigators have said the
scheme generated as much as $20 million in illegal gains.
Goel, who at the time was a managing director in Intel's
treasury department, is charged with leaking confidential Intel information to
Rajaratnam, who prosecutors say made stock trades based on that information.
Prosecutors have said Rajaratnam, who founded the Galleon Group hedge fund,
made about $579,000 in profits from the information.
Goel is alleged to have given Rajaratnam information regarding
Clearwire, a wireless company that Intel had invested in. In addition, he is
said to have given the hedge fund manager information regarding Intel's
quarterly financial reports before Intel had published them.
In return, investigators said, Rajaratnam made favorable trades
If he pleads guilty, Goel will be the ninth person to admit
wrongdoing in the case.
Goel was one of several high-level tech executives caught up in
the case. Robert Moffat, who was senior vice president and group executive of IBM's
Systems and Technology Group and a frontrunner to one day take over as CEO,
was charged in the case for allegedly giving nonpublic information regarding
IBM, Advanced Micro Devices and Sun Microsystems to Danielle Chiesi, a manager
at hedge fund New Castle Funds.
Moffat has since left IBM.
In documents in the case against Chiesi, prosecutors refer to an unnamed
executive at AMD who they said gave her
inside information. Though not he has not been charged, several reports in the
Wall Street Journal and other publications have identified
former AMD CEO Hector Ruiz as that unnamed executive. Ruiz on Nov. 2
resigned his position as chairman of Globalfoundries, a chip manufacturing
company that AMD spun off in 2009.