Health Care's Epidemic of Insider Trading

Illegal traders have plenty of opportunities to profit from tips on test results and deals
Illustration by Patric Sandri

On April 14, 2011, James Fan, 39, stood on a parking garage landing at Newark Liberty International Airport, a letter from his young son in his pants pocket, about to jump four stories to his death. Fan had been charged a day earlier with insider trading based on his knowledge of confidential test results at Seattle Genetics, a health-care company where he was manager of clinical programming. Also charged: his younger brother, Zishen, who was scheduled to take the oath of U.S. citizenship a month later. The total take, a judge later determined, was about $200,000. James Fan was trying to help his brother, who had found himself deep under water after the California real estate market collapsed in 2008, prosecutors said later. “The Fan case is such a cautionary tale,” says Jenny Durkan, the U.S. attorney in Seattle. “Both brothers were promising.”

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