Goldman Sachs facing a new insider trading probe

Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:02pm EDT
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By Emily Flitter

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors in California are investigating a Goldman Sachs employee for insider trading, according to prosecutors and defense lawyers who attended a hearing in U.S. federal court in New York on Thursday.

The employee is suspected of giving inside information on two public companies to former Galleon Group co-founder Raj Rajaratnam, who was convicted last year in one of the largest insider trading cases in Wall Street history.

The investigation of the Goldman employee was divulged during a hearing involving the insider trading case against former Goldman board member Rajat Gupta.

Gary Naftalis, the lawyer for Gupta, commenting on the newly disclosed investigation, said that Assistant US Attorney Reed Brodsky asked him not divulge details of the matter.

"Per Mr. Brodsky's request, I am not going to name his name," Naftalis said.

In a hearing a month ago, Naftalis revealed that another Goldman Sachs employee had been caught on a wiretap leaking secrets about Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote) and Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote).

"That's obviously an area we have been pursuing in terms of our preparation for our defense at trial in terms of his connection to all this," Naftalis said at Thursday's hearing.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California declined to comment.   Continued...

A Goldman Sachs sign is seen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, April 16, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid