Insider Dealers Fined £1.5m in Confiscation
Two insider dealing convicts have been fined a total of £1,534,000 in a case brought by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and heard at Southwark Crown Court.
Confiscation orders totalling £1,534,000 were made against Christian Littlewood and Angie Littlewood. They were each ordered to pay £767,000 representing the benefit obtained by each of them from insider dealing.
The order will be paid out of funds and assets which were restrained by the Court as requested by FSA at the time of the Littlewoods arrest.
The Littlewoods and Helmy Omar Sa’aid, the third defendant, were convicted of insider dealing in eight stocks making a total profit of £590,000.
The total amount confiscated in this case, including the previous order of £640,000 against Sa’aid totals £2,174,000. This is as a result of the application of the confiscation regime which allows the court to assume that the proceeds of other trading that took place within the same period represent the proceeds of crime.
On 8 October 2010 Christian Littlewood, a former senior investment banker and former FSA Approved Person, his wife Angie Littlewood and a family friend, Helmy Omar Sa’aid, pleaded guilty to eight counts of insider dealing related to trading in a number of different London Stock Exchange and AIM listed shares between 2000 and 2008.
Christian Littlewood was sentenced to three years and four months in custody; Angie Littlewood was sentenced to twelve months in custody suspended for two years; and Helmy Omar Sa’aid was sentenced to two years in custody.
Christian and Angie Littlewood have also been prohibited by the FSA from performing any function in relation to any regulated activity carried out by an authorised person, exempt person or exempt professional firm, pursuant to section 56 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, on the grounds they were not fit and proper persons.
If for any reason the sums are not paid within six months, the Littlewoods will be liable to serve an extra three years in prison.
Tracey McDermott, director of enforcement and financial crime said: “Insider dealers are motivated by greed and a belief that they can make easy money at the expense of others. A key part of our strategy is to ensure that those who are convicted of insider dealing do not keep their ill-gotten gains.
“As a result of their actions the Littlewoods have not only received custodial sentences and seen their reputations and future careers destroyed they have also paid a sum in confiscation significantly greater than the profit from the indicted trading alone. The Orders made today, coupled with the sentences previously imposed, should make it clear that insider dealing does not pay.”