Insider Dealing brought to light

The detection of a year-long insider scam by the US authorities may well serve as a deterrent to those tempted to perpetrate such a scheme. But the fact that wire-taps play such an important role in helping to uncover illegal insider transactions is also worrisome. When criminals stop using telephones to communicate with each other it may become more difficult to detect illegal schemes. High-risk sectors of the financial industry are another area where prosecutors find it hard to uncover illegal transactions as they can easily be hidden behind a smokescreen of large numbers of unrelated transactions.