The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed suit against Anthony Andrade of Rehoboth, Massachusetts alleging that he illegally tipped inside information to three friends and business associates about Bancorp Rhode Island’s (Bancorp RI) potential acquisition. The SEC alleged that the three friends traded based upon the information Mr. Andrade provided for them and profited when Bancorp RI’s stock price increased.
The SEC alleged that Mr. Andrade breached his fiduciary duty by providing material that was not public information to his friends and business associates. All of the people he provided this information to knew that he was a member of Bancorp RI’s board of directors and that Mr. Andrade had no business purpose for providing them with this information. Continue Reading