On Friday, Dr. Joseph “Chip” Skowron, former FrontPoint Partners hedge fund manager, got the bad news: he was sentenced to five years in prison for his part in an insider trading scheme in U.S. District Court in New York. He also was fined and ordered to pay restitution.
Reuters reported that in August Skowron had pleaded guilty to the charge of trading in 2008 on nonpublic information. He had admitted receiving information from a French doctor, Yves Benhamou, regarding the biotech company Human Genome Sciences Inc., for which Benhamou served as a consultant and whom Skowron had bribed for confidential results about clinical drug trials. In April Benhamou pleaded guilty to providing the information.
Manhattan federal court Judge Denise Cote had sharp words for the Yale-educated physician, according to a New York Times report. She was quoted saying, “Your criminal activities caused investors to lose money, undermined the integrity of the U.S. securities laws and caused many people to lose jobs.”