Ex-trader: US-suggested sentence 'outrageous'

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm •  Published: May 28, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for a former portfolio manager say prosecutors' recommendation that he serve up to 20 years in prison for insider trading is "outrageous" and "irrational."

Mathew Martoma's lawyers said in papers filed late Tuesday that a judge at his sentencing next month would have to believe Martoma teamed up with his billionaire boss, Steven A. Cohen, to conclude he deserves such stiff punishment.

The Probation Department recommended Martoma receive from 15.7 to 19.6 years in prison, which would be greater than the record dozen years a former attorney received in Newark, N.J., after he admitted giving secrets during a 17-year insider trading scheme.

"With all due respect, a sentence in that range in this case would be outrageous," the lawyers said. "We respectfully submit that Probation's guideline range is irrational."

The lawyers said the government never proved Martoma provided Cohen with inside information and he should face less time in prison than others serving two-and three-year sentences.

Cohen has not been criminally charged, but the Securities and Exchange Commission has accused him in a civil action of failing to prevent insider trading at his company, SAC Capital Advisors. He has disputed the allegations.

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