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FBI Settles Eavesdropping Lawsuit With Wife of Inside Trader

  • Craig Drimal’s wife claims agents improperly listened to calls
  • Agreement comes amid disclosure of FBI leaks in separate case
Craig Drimal leaves Manhattan Federal District court on Nov. 5, 2009.

Craig Drimal leaves Manhattan Federal District court on Nov. 5, 2009.

Photographer: Rick Maiman/Bloomberg
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The wife of a convicted inside trader has chalked up a rare win over the FBI, with the agency agreeing to settle a lawsuit that claimed agents eavesdropped on her intimate conversations with her husband.

Arlene Villamia Drimal, wife of former Galleon Group LLC trader Craig Drimal, sued 16 FBI agents, claiming they “wrongfully intercepted” more than 180 private calls between her and her husband during the investigation. Terms of the settlement weren’t made public.