Sunday 17 February 2019

Ex-banker and wife must pay £1.6m to regulator over insider trading

Lindsay Fortado

A former Dresdner Kleinwort banker and his wife must pay £1.6m ($2.5m) to the UK's finance regulator after they were found guilty of insider trading.

Christian Littlewood, who is serving a 40-month jail sentence after he pleaded guilty last year to eight counts of insider trading, and his wife, Angie, agreed with the Financial Services Authority to forfeit the amount they profited. They owe £800,000 each, including proceeds from the crimes and legal costs, according to the settlement announced in a London criminal court yesterday.

Littlewood admitted to passing information on confidential deals to his wife, who relayed it to an accomplice, Helmy Omar Sa'aid, who traded securities using the information. Angie Littlewood and Sa'aid invested about £5.5m over 10 years, the FSA said.

Angie Littlewood received a suspended 12-month sentence and isn't serving a jail term. Sa'aid was ordered to spend two years in jail.

The FSA "took the view that the total benefit" by the three defendants in the case is £2.3m which they planned to split three ways, Nicholas Dean, a lawyer for the regulator, told Judge Anthony Leonard.

The couple have six months in which to pay the FSA or face three years in prison, Judge Leonard ruled. (Bloomberg)

Irish Independent

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