Hedge Fund Tipster Kinnucan Fined $6.33 Million

Mar 27 2014 | 11:57am ET

Adding insult to injury, a jailed expert networker has been hit with a $6.33 million bill from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

John Kinnucan, the once-defiant technology analyst who pleaded guilty in 2012 to passing confidential tips to hedge funds, was ordered to pay $1.58 million in ill-gotten gains and another $4.75 million in fines. The penalty imposed by U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan was the maximum; the judge noted Kinnucan’s “high degree of bad intent.”

That bad intent was most clear in the months before his arrest in 2012, when he made a series of threatening and anti-Semitic phone calls to prosecutors. He was sentenced to 51 months in prison, a term he is currently serving at a California penitentiary.

The SEC levy comes on top of $164,000 Kinnucan was ordered to forfeit as part of his criminal case.

Kinnucan made something of a name for himself in 2010, when he announced in an e-mail to his clients—among them Coatue Management, Citadel Investment Group, Maverick Capital and SAC Capital Advisors—that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had asked him to record his conversations with them. Kinnucan refused.


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