Feeds

Rogue trader's apprentice under investigation

'Complicit' in €4.9bn SocGen fraud

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

The assistant of rogue trader Jerome Kerviel is being investigated for complicity in his former boss' trading scandal that cost one of France's largest banks billions of euros.

Thomas Mougard was charged Friday as an "assisted witness," in the case — a legal status for witnesses who may be implicated themselves.

He is accused of "knowingly helping Jerome Kerviel to record fictitious operations" at the bank in 2007 and early 2008. The filing gives officials times to investigate and later decide to drop charges or go trial.

The French bank Société Générale said it lost a staggering €4.9bn (£3.9bn, $7.6bn) when Kerviel manipulated the bank's trading systems to cover risky and unauthorized positions in the derivatives market.

Investigators have already filed preliminary charges against Kerviel for forgery, breach of trust and illegally accessing the bank's computers.

An internal investigation by SocGen released to the public in May said it found "signs of internal complicity" by Mougard.

Kerviel admits to gaming the system, but claims his managers knew of his dealings and never stopped him so long as he was making money for the bank. His lawyers assert that SocGen was in fact responsible for the colossal losses after higher-ups "took the decision to unwind Mr. Kerviel's positions as shares were tumbling on the world's markets in January."

Kerviel is presently free on bail pending trial. In April, he scored himself a new IT job as a computer consultant after the judge in his case changed the condition of his release so he could take the post. ®

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
One HUNDRED FAMOUS LADIES exposed NUDE online
Celebrity women victimised as Apple iCloud accounts reportedly popped
Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds
Another day, another way in to your home router
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
NZ Justice Minister scalped as hacker leaks emails
Grab your popcorn: Subterfuge and slur disrupts election run up
HP: NORKS' cyber spying efforts actually a credible cyberthreat
'Sophisticated' spies, DIY tech and a TROLL ARMY – report
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
Attack flogged through shiny-clicky social media buttons
66,000 users popped by malicious Flash fudging add-on
New Snowden leak: How NSA shared 850-billion-plus metadata records
'Federated search' spaffed info all over Five Eyes chums
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?