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Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. board member Rajat Gupta arrives at Manhattan Federal Court in New York, Oct. 24, 2012. (LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)
Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. board member Rajat Gupta arrives at Manhattan Federal Court in New York, Oct. 24, 2012. (LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)

Ex-Goldman director Gupta gets two years in prison Add to ...

Fallen Wall Street insider Rajat Gupta was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday for leaking Goldman Sachs Group Inc. boardroom secrets to the hedge fund manager at the centre of the U.S. government’s crackdown on insider trading, a much lighter sentence than prosecutors had sought.

Mr. Gupta, 63, who also is a former global head of the McKinsey & Co. management consultancy, is the most influential corporate figure to be convicted in a wide U.S. probe of insider trading involving hedge fund managers, traders, consultants and executives.

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A Manhattan federal jury in June found him guilty of feeding tips about Goldman Sachs at the height of the 2008 financial crisis to hedge fund tycoon Raj Rajaratnam, his friend and business associate.

The sentence was far less than the eight to ten years that prosecutors had sought, but more than the punishment of probation and community service that Mr. Gupta’s lawyers had requested.

The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, who questioned why Mr. Gupta had turned his back on an “extraordinary” and “selfless” life to commit a crime he did not profit from directly.

Mr. Gupta’s crime was “the functional equivalent of stabbing Goldman in the back,” Judge Rakoff said. “So why did [Mr.] Gupta do it?”

Indian-born Mr. Gupta also once sat on the boards of Procter & Gamble Co. and American Airlines Inc. He also had advised philanthropies such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Mr. Rajaratnam is serving 11 years in prison, one of the longest sentences for insider trading, after his May 2011 conviction.

 
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