Two named in $6.7 million illicit gains schemes

LOSSES & LAWSUITS

In one scheme, Plotkin and Pajcin persuaded a mergers and acquisitions analyst at Merrill Lynch to provide tips on upcoming mergers in return for a share of the trading profits. In another scheme, Plotkin and Pajcin recruited two individuals to obtain jobs at a printing plant in Wisconsin, steal advance copies of BusinessWeek magazine and tip Plotkin and Pajcin on the names of companies discussed favourably in the Inside Wall Street column before the magazine became public.

Plotkin and Pajcin traded on the inside information, initially in an account in Pajcin's name and later, in accounts in the names of others in Europe and the US.

Plotkin and Pajcin also tipped several individuals in the US and Europe in return for a share of their trading profits.

In total, Plotkin and Pajcin traded in at least 25 stocks within one year based on inside information obtained through these schemes. The SEC's complaint charges 13 individuals in the US and Europe for their roles in the scheme. OR&C

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