NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S.
prosecutors have dropped two insider trading-related
charges against former Galleon Group hedge fund
portfolio manager Rengan Rajaratnam, the second time in
two weeks the government has whittled down its case
In a new indictment made public on Friday, prosecutors eliminated
two securities fraud charges against Rajaratnam, but he is expected
to go to trial on other criminal charges.
Rajaratnam is the younger brother of Galleon founder Raj Rajaratnam,
who is serving an 11-year prison sentence for his 2011 conviction
for insider trading.
Two weeks ago, prosecutors dropped two other securities fraud counts
against Rengan Rajaratnam following a written opinion from U.S.
District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald that those charges were
"internally inconsistent" with a conspiracy charge in the
It was not immediately clear why prosecutors decided to abandon the
additional counts. A spokesman for the office of Manhattan U.S.
Attorney Preet Bharara declined to comment.
Rajaratnam's lawyer, Daniel Gitner, declined to comment.
Rajaratnam is scheduled to face trial on June 17, the latest case in
a broad insider trading investigation that has resulted in 80
convictions since October 2009.
The government has accused the 43-year-old of conspiring with his
brother to trade on non-public information related to Clearwire Corp
and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Rengan Rajaratnam had initially been charged with securities fraud
with respect to trades executed in various Galleon funds that
prosecutors said netted more than $1 million in illegal profits.
All four of those counts have been dropped. Rajaratnam now faces two
fraud counts over trades in his own brokerage account, which
prosecutors say earned him about $100,000 in illicit gains, and a
conspiracy count related to the broader scheme.
The case is U.S. v. Rajaratnam, U.S. District Court, Southern
District of New York, No. 13-cr-00211.