The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged the Dallas Mavericks owner and Internet entrepreneur Mark Cuban with insider trading.
The complaint claims that in 2004 Cuban learned of a private offering of Mamma.com (now known as Copernic) that would decrease the value of his 600,000 shares. It says he then sold off his stake and as a result, reportedly saved $750,000.
“As we allege in the complaint, Mamma.com entrusted Mr. Cuban with nonpublic information after he promised to keep the information confidential. Less than four hours later, Mr. Cuban betrayed that trust by placing an order to sell all of his shares,” said Scott W. Friestad, deputy director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement.