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Two Insider Traders on Trump Media SPAC Pled now Garelick Found Guilty After Trial

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 9 – As the third of four insider trading prosecutions announced on June 29, 2023 by the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Michael Shvartsman, Gerald Shvartsman, and Bruce Garelick were charged with making more than $22 million dollars in illegal profits by trading in securities of Digital World Acquisition Corporation based on MNPI about DWAC’s planned but not yet public business combination with a media company founded by former President Donald J. Trump.  

On July 5, the case was assigned - wheeled out - to Judge Lewis J. Liman.

Inner City Press was there on July 20 and live tweeted, thread

On December 29 as part of omnibus pre-trial motions Shvartsman filed copies of DHS reports of investigation, including audio recordings of Shvartsman saying he would open an LLC in Belize which would buy assets... and ultimately provided funding for the 'Truth Social' media platform. It also names the agents who brought the arrested defendants to the Wilke D. Ferguson Jr. Federal Courthouse and the Marshals...

Late on March 15 Shvartsman through counsel wrote to Judge Liman alleging that the US used a Lawyer Informant to record him. Counsel identified the Zoom account used: John [at] lighthousetrust [dot] ch.  A Google search of that shows a Lighthouse Trust General Counsel named John Ivsan at Linhart Seuss Ivsan LLP

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On April 29, jury selection began but did not end, by 6 pm. Of 34 prospective jurors in the courtroom at 5 pm, each was summoned into the robing room for questioning, seemingly with the defendant present. Three were excused at 6 pm and the rest told to return, but not to read anything about the case.

Then this request to start anew: "during today’s voir dire one prospective juror openly reported in front of the venire that she learned from the news that “[t]here are two people pleading guilty” in connection with this case. Upon the Court’s request to speak up, the juror again stated—adding detail—that “[t]here are two people pleading guilty and [Mr. Garelick] is the third person.” Voir dire continued over Mr. Garelick’s objection." Letter on Patreon here.

On April 30, after Judge Liman dismissed some but not all of the venire, the trial began. At day's end one of Garelick's lawyers, pushed for a proffer of the defense says, named three other possible tippees.

From May 1, Inner City Press thread

On May 8, the closing arguments. Inner City Press covered them. From thread:

Assistant US Attorney: They said that Trump's Truth Social was unique and was the target of the DWAC SPAC - the defendant was supposed to keep the information confidential. You don't need to read all the complicated agreements to understand it. It's an NDA

AUSA: The defendant knew the information was under a duty of trust and confidentiality. GX 418, he emailed the DWAC team, he says Note: Some of these investors may still need to sign an NDA with you. He knew.

 AUSA: He was a hedge fund portfolio manager - he knew what he had to do, and he didn't do it. He wanted to hide that he was engaged in insider trading. This is a huge deal. He committed insider trading. We have proven it.

 Now defense closing argument:

Defense: Bruce stopped as soon as he thought he might be exposed to material non-public information. No witness said otherwise. None really knew Bruce. The man Andy who was on the Apprentice? Lovely guy - but he didn't know Bruce

 Defense: Mark Wachter? He said he was on a Skype call, but no other interaction. The only US witness who knew Bruce was Hartley Wasco - and he praised Bruce Garelick. They are trying to prove to you that someone who has never been in trouble before did this

Defense closing (still going) Defense: If Bruce Garelick had a good faith belief that he did not have material non-public information, even if it turned out to be false, you must acquit. Yes, he failed to file forms - it wasn't top of mind. Convict him on that

 Defense: Jurors, I don't get to speak to you again. The government does, with a rebuttal - because they have the burden of proof. In the jury room, please ask, What would the defense say? Is there another way to see this? Jury duty is an interesting thing

 Defense: When we vote, we got into the booth alone - an individual right. Jury duty, we form a community, we share out thoughts. It's a collective effort.  We do this in beautiful courtroom like this, because it's solemn [100 Centre Street next door, not so much]

Judge: Jurors, it's 12:50, we'll break. 

On Garelick Judge Liman (at 5:37 pm) - The jury has left for the day. They request the cross examination of Bruce Garelick and GX 751 and 122. Please do this before you leave. Good evening. Adjourned

On May 9, the jury found Garelick guilty...

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 This case is US v. Shvartsman, et al., 23-cr-307 (Liman)


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