Former Qualcomm executive pleads guilty to insider trading

lunes 21 de julio de 2014 17:32 GYT

By Jonathan Stempel

July 21 (Reuters) - A former president of Qualcomm Inc's global business operations pleaded guilty on Monday to insider trading in shares of the mobile phone chipmaker and a company it bought in 2011, as well as to a related money laundering charge.

Jing Wang, 51, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge William Hayes in San Diego, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Wang was indicted last September along with his brother Bing Wang and broker Gary Yin, who worked at Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch unit.

Yin pleaded guilty last September to conspiring to help the brothers obstruct justice and launder money. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 15. An arrest warrant is outstanding for Bing Wang, who is believed to live in China.

Lawyers for Jing Wang did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Prosecutors accused Jing Wang of making about $250,000 of illegal insider trading gains in 2010 and 2011.

They said he traded in Qualcomm shares based on material nonpublic information about an unexpected announcement of a dividend increase and stock repurchase, and just before the company announced record results.

Wang was also accused of trading in shares of Atheros Communications Inc upon learning in December 2010 that Qualcomm had made a non-public offer to buy the company.   Continuación...