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Texas man guilty of making $1.8M after eavesdropping on his wife's work calls as they worked from home

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A Texas man pleaded guilty to insider trading after he overheard his wife's work calls for BP.SOPA Images/Getty Images
  • A Houston man pleaded guilty to insider trading after he made $1.76 million.

  • He listened to his wife's calls about BP's plan to buy TravelCenters of America.

  • His wife moved out of their shared home and initiated divorce proceedings, court documents say.

A Houston man pleaded guilty to insider trading after he made $1.76 million in illegal profits from listening in on his wife's work calls as they worked from home.

Tyler Loudon, 42, admitted to buying thousands of shares in TravelCenters of America ahead of its $1.3 billion acquisition by the oil and gas company BP in February 2023, US Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani announced.

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The Securities and Exchange Commission alleged in a separate civil complaint that Loudon, who was married to a BP executive, overheard conversations about the planned takeover.

The SEC said the couple typically worked 20 feet away from each other at home and often overheard each other's work-related conversations.

The regulator said Loudon purchased 46,450 shares of TravelCenters stock without his wife's knowledge before the deal was announced.

After the announcement, the share price rose nearly 71%, and Loudon sold all that he had bought at a profit, the SEC said.

The SEC charged Tyler Loudon with insider trading. It alleged that he "took advantage of his remote working conditions and his wife's trust to profit from information he knew was confidential."

After learning that BP was scrutinizing who had prior knowledge of the deal, Loudon confessed to his wife what he had done. He told her he did it because he didn't want her to work long hours anymore, the SEC complaint said.

It added that Loudon's wife, a BP mergers and acquisitions manager, told her bosses about Loudon's revelation and was subsequently fired, despite there being no evidence of wrongdoing on her part.

She then moved out of their shared home and initiated divorce proceedings a few months later, ignoring a handwritten note from Loudon in which he apologized for violating her trust, the complaint said.

The SEC noted that Loudon hadn't denied the allegations and had agreed to a partial judgment subject to court approval.

It would prohibit him from taking certain senior company roles and require him to pay a penalty.

Read the original article on Business Insider