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Raj Rajaratnam's Goose Is Apparently Cooked

Loses Bid to Overturn Verdict

Billionaire hedge fund trader Raj Rajaratnam, 54, convicted of making millions on insider trades, lost a bid Tuesday to have his 14-count conviction for securities fraud and conspiracy overturned.

His lawyers claimed the evidence presented at trial was insufficient for a conviction although Raj was caught in flagrante delicto trading on insider tips by government wiretaps. The judge in a 49-page opinion disagreed, finding that any "reasonable jury" would have found him guilty.

Rajaratnam is supposed to be sentenced September 27. The prosecution is asking for a stiff 19-and-a-half to 24-and-a-half years sentence. Whatever he draws he's expected to appeal. His lawyers claim he is sick and will die in prison if he pulls a long stretch. Rajaratnam and his circle trafficked mostly in brand name high-tech stocks and the corruption ran up to the top of IBM.

Raj's confederate Danielle Chiesi recently drew two-and-a-half years.

He is supposed to have made almost $64 million over seven years.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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