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Ex-Lawyer Tells Goffer Jury He Traded 3Com Merger Tips for Cash

The jury in the trial of former Galleon Group LLC trader Zvi Goffer heard from a disbarred lawyer who told of using prepaid cell phones to pass along merger tips gleaned from his former law firm and taking cash-stuffed envelopes in return.

Brien Santarlas, 34, who worked as an attorney in the New York office of the firm Ropes & Gray LLP, testified yesterday in the trial of Goffer, a former employee of Galleon Group LLC co-founder Raj Rajaratnam, and two other men on trial for insider trading in federal court in Manhattan.