Friday, December 17, 2010
Dell, AMD, TSMC, Apple And Flextronics Insiders Charged by FBI
With Conspiring to Distribute Inside Information
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Executives at publicly traded technology companies have been
arrested by FBI on charges they sold inside information about
FBI announced that JAMES FLEISHMAN, an Executive for an
"expert-networking" firm, was arrested this morning on wire fraud
and conspiracy charges for conspiring to provide confidential
information, including material, nonpublic information, to the
firm's clients, including hedge funds. DANIEL DEVORE, formerly a
Global Supply Manager for Dell, Inc., who worked as a consultant
for the Firm, previously pled guilty on December 10, 2010, to an
Information charging him with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit
wire fraud and securities fraud. FBI also announced the arrests
this morning of public company employees MARK ANTHONY LONGORIA,
WALTER SHIMOON, and MANOSHA KARUNATILAKA on wire fraud and
conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud charges in
connection with their employment as consultants for the firm.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA said: "Today's charges
allege that a corrupt network of insiders at some of the world's
leading technology companies served as so-called 'consultants'
who sold out their employers by stealing and then peddling their
valuable inside information. The detailed allegations in the
Complaint, along with the guilty plea unsealed today, describe
criminal conduct that went well beyond any legitimate
information-sharing or good faith business practice. Over the
next many months and beyond, we will continue to enforce the law,
police the market, and protect honest businesses and their
shareholders by working methodically with the FBI and SEC to root
out corporate corruption and insider trading."
FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge JANICE K. FEDARCYK said: "The
information trafficked by the four 'consultants' went way beyond
permissible market research; it was insider information. And the
fifth defendant was directly involved in the transfer of inside
information from the consultants to hedge funds and other end
users. The more than $400,000 the firm paid the four
'consultants,' merely to participate in phone calls with firm
clients, is an indication of the value placed on the information.
This wasn't market research. What the defendants did was purchase
and sell insider information. Our investigation is most assuredly
According to the FBI, FLEISHMAN served as a Sales Manager for the
"expert-networking" firm responsible for attracting new clients
and ensuring service to existing clients. FLEISHMAN promoted the
firm's consultation services by arranging for clients, including
hedge funds, to speak with consultants knowing that consultants
would provide confidential information to clients.
DEVORE was employed by Dell, Inc., as a Global Supply Manager.
While employed at Dell, DEVORE provided confidential information
about Dell and Dell's suppliers, the FBI said. Between late 2007
through August 2010, the "expert-networking" firm paid DEVORE
approximately $145,750 for providing information.
LONGORIA was employed by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), as a
Supply Chain Manager in Round Rock, Texas. As part of his
employment with AMD, LONGORIA executed an employment agreement
with AMD that restricted the disclosure of AMD confidential
information. While employed at AMD, LONGORIA engaged in
consultation calls with Firm clients. During the consultation
calls, LONGORIA provided confidential AMD information, according
to the FBI. For example, during telephone calls with cooperating
witnesses in July 2009, LONGORIA provided AMD revenue
information, average sales prices, product sales figures, and
gross margin information. Between January 2008 and March 2010,
the networking firm paid LONGORIA more than $200,000 for
consultation services he provided.
SHIMOON was employed by Flextronics International, Ltd.
(Flextronics), as a Senior Director of Business Development in
San Diego, California. During the relevant time period,
Flextronics had a business relationship with Apple, pursuant to
which Flextronics supplied certain electronic components to
Apple, including specifically-engineered camera and charger
components to Apple for its "iPhone" cellular telephones and
"iPod" portable media players.
As part of this business relationship, Flextronics and certain
Flextronics employees were provided with information and
forecasts regarding Apple purchase or shipping orders regarding
certain Flextronics components, as well as information regarding
alternative suppliers for Apple products. The confidentiality of
this kind of information was governed by non-disclosure
agreements executed between Flextronics and Apple. In addition,
Apple often shared information with Flextronics about future
Apple products under development. The confidentiality of this
information was governed by a separate non-disclosure agreement
executed between Flextronics and Apple. For example, in or about
2009, Apple informed Flextronics about a highly secretive project
being developed that ultimately resulted in the public product
launch of the "iPad" tablet computer.
SHIMOON also signed an employment agreement with Flextronics that
restricted the disclosure of Flextronics confidential information
and prohibited any business activity that competed with
While employed at Flextronics, SHIMOON engaged in consultation
calls with the networking firm clients, during which he provided
confidential Flextronics and Apple information, FBI said. For
example, SHIMOON provided highly confidential sales forecast
information and new product features for Apple's forthcoming
"iPhone" cellular telephone. Between January 2008 and June 2010,
the networking firm paid SHIMOON more than $22,000 for
consultation services he provided.
KARUNATILAKA was employed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
Company, Inc. ("TSMC") as an Account Manager. As part of his
employment with TSMC, KARUNATILAKA executed an employment
agreement with TSMC that restricted the disclosure of
confidential information and prohibited any outside employment.
While employed at TSMC, KARUNATILAKA engaged in consultation
calls with Firm clients, during which he provided confidential
TSMC information such as TSMC product sales and shipping
information. Between January 2008 and June 2010, the networking"
firm paid KARUNATILAKA more than $35,000 for consultation
services he provided.