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Two men jailed in Australia’s largest insider trading case

Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Date published
March 2015

Relevant impacts: Financial impact, reputational impact and industry impact

An Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) employee disclosed sensitive and unpublished ABS data which he obtained in his capacity as a Commonwealth official. This inside information was then used by an associate to conduct trades on the foreign exchange derivatives market. The pair knew that such information could make both of them large amounts of money. One man was sentenced to 7 years and 3 months in prison and the other man was sentenced to 3 years and 3 months in prison.

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