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Charges against a Bristol-Myers Squibb executive look set to become a case study in how to get busted while insider trading. U.S. federal prosecutors say he not only bought options on companies his employer was targeting for acquisition in his own name, he also left his browser’s search history intact, including the phrase ”can stock option be traced to purchase inside trading.”

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