Man Accused Of Trading On AKO Tips

Nov 30 2011 | 10:39am ET

A former hedge fund trader charged with insider-trading last year made sure a friend profited from the illegal trading, a London jury heard yesterday.

Anjam Ahmad, then of AKO Capital, told Rupinder Sindhu what shares the hedge fund was buying and selling on a given day. Ahmad was charged last spring with trading 22 different securities based on confidential information; AKO was not accused of any wrongdoing.

"In every case, every one of these transactions, Mr. Sidhu's trading coincided with trading in the same stock, in the same shares, by Mr. Ahmad on behalf of AKO in accordance with the instructions that Anjam Ahmad had received from his superior," prosecutor Michael Brompton said. "It became an activity that was carried out on an increasingly large scale for increasingly large profit for Mr. Ahmad and Mr. Sidhu, and they split that profit."

Brompton cited MSN Messenger accounts Sidhu and Ahmad used to communicate only with each other. Sidhu's trades may have earned him more than £130,000.

Sidhu has pleaded not guilty to the 24 insider trading and money laundering charges. The trial is expected to last about three weeks and Sidhu faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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