l 4-cr-00272-JSR UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. LEE STEWART, Defendant.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. LEE STEWART, Defendant.
INFORMATION
I: l 4-cr-00272-JSR
COUNT ONE (Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and Bank Fraud)
The Department of Justice charges: 1. From at least in or about May 2006 through at least in or about early 2011, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, LEE STEWART, the defendant, together with Anthony Allen, Paul Thompson, Tetsuya Motomura, Anthony Conti, and others known and unknown, did knowingly combine, conspire, confederate, and agree to commit certain offenses against the United States, that is: (A) to devise and intend to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud, and to obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, and to transmit and cause to be transmitted certain wire communications in interstate and foreign commerce for the purpose of executing the scheme; to wit, the defendant and others engaged in a scheme to manipulate and attempt to manipulate to their advantage the benchmark interest rates referenced by derivative products throughout the financial industry, by the
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dissemination, and submission, of false and fraudulent statements intended to influence and manipulate the benchmark interest rates to which the profitability of interest rate derivative trades was tied, and the conspirators contemplated, foresaw, and caused use of wires in interstate and foreign commerce in carrying out the scheme, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343; and (B) to execute and attempt to execute a scheme and artifice to defraud a financial institution, the deposits for which were at the time insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and to obtain and attempt to obtain moneys, funds, credits, assets, and other properties owned by and under the custody and control of a financial institution by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises, as well as by omission of material facts in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1344. 2. It was a part and an object of the conspiracy that LEE STEWART, the defendant, and others known and unknown, engaged in a scheme to manipulate and attempt to manipulate a benchmark interest rate known as the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), to which was tied the profitability of interest rate derivative trades in which the defendant and others had a financial interest. The scheme had an effect on one or more financial institutions, within the meaning of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 20 and 3293(2). OVERT ACT 3. In furtherance of the conspiracy and to affect the illegal objects thereof, LEE STEW ART, the defendant, and others known and unknown, committed the following overt act, among others, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere:
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a. on or about September 2, 2005, LEE STEWART and Anthony Conti conspired to fix and manipulate the day's LIB OR rate by causing their employer, Coiiperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A. (Rabobank), a financial institution and global financial services company headquartered in Utrecht, the Netherlands, to make a LIBOR submission that was calculated to benefit LEE STEW ART's trading position. Rabobank and Bank-B, a federally-insured financial institution headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, had previously entered into an interest rate swap transaction that had a reset date of September 2, 2005. On or about September 2, 2005, a third party publishing corporation published Rabobank's manipulated LIBOR submission by sending a wire communication from the United Kingdom to recipients in New York, New York. (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349) FORFEITURE ALLEGATION 4. As a result of committing the offense alleged in Count One of this Information, LEE STEW ART, the defendant, shall forfeit to the United States pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Section 982, any property constituting or derived from proceeds obtained directly or indirectly as a result of the wire fraud and bank fraud offense alleged in Count One of this Information, including but not limited to a sum of United States currency to be determined by the Court at sentencing, in that such sum in aggregate is property representing the amount of proceeds obtained as a result of the offenses. Substitute Asset Provision 5. If any of the above-described forfeitable property, as a result of any act or omission of the defendant:
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(a) cannot be located upon the exercise of due diligence; (b) has been transferred or sold to, or deposited with, a third person; ( c) has been placed beyond the jurisdiction of the Court; ( d) has been substantially diminished in value; or ( e) has been commingled with other property which cannot be subdivided without difficulty; it is the intent of the United States, pursuant to Title 18 United States Code, Section 982(b), to seek forfeiture of any other property of said defendant up to the value of the above forfeitable property. (Title 18, United States Code, Section 982 and Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349).
ANDREW WEISSMANN Chief, Fraud Section Criminal Division United States Department of Justice
BRIAN YOUNG Trial Attorney CAROL L. SIPPERL Y Senior Litigation Counsel Criminal Division United States Department of Justice
JEFFREY D. MARTINO Chief, New York Office Antitrust Division United States Department of Justice
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MICHAEL T. KOENIG Trial Attorney Antitrust division United States Department of Justice
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