Tottenham owner Joe Lewis has been indicted for “orchestrating a brazen insider trading scheme” that involved passing information to “romantic partners and his private pilots”, United States attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams has announced
In news that could have consequences for any potential sale of the club, the 86-year-old billionaire is alleged to have “abused his access to corporate board rooms and repeatedly provided inside information to his personal assistants and his friends” too. “Those folks then traded on that inside information and made millions of dollars in the stock market because thanks to Lewis, those bets were a sure thing.”
According to federal law, a person found guilty of insider trading can be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. In addition, they may face up to $5 million in fines.
It is unclear yet whether the indictment could raise significant issues for Lewis. The Premier League has an owners and directors test which is designed to stop people convicted of such crimes owning a club. However, the 86-year-old ceded official control to Bryan Glinton and Katie Booth in October 2022.
Lewis has owned Tottenham since he bought the London club for £22 million in December 2000 and has overseen mixed success. While the club is now regularly involved in the conversations around European spots and has a state-of-the-art stadium and training ground, there has been a lack of trophies and many fans want him to sell. He has been open to offers for some time though has not come close to accepting an offer.
What else Williams said
“None of this was necessary. Joe Lewis is a wealthy man, but as we allege, he used inside information as a way to compensate his employees or to shower gifts on his friends and lovers. That’s classic corporate corruption, it’s cheating and it’s against the law,” the attorney said.
“Laws that apply to everyone, no matter who you are. That’s why Joe Lewis has been indicted and will face justice here in the Southern District of New York.”
Statement of U.S. Attorney Damian Williams on U.S. v. Joseph Lewis pic.twitter.com/9rGTTYVx6h
— US Attorney SDNY (@SDNYnews) July 25, 2023
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