Former Rep. Chris Collins sentenced to 26 months jail time in insider trading case
Former New York Rep. Chris Collins was sentenced to 26 months in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to federal charges in an insider trading case.
The sentence from Judge Vernon Broderick in a New York federal court comes after Collins pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and making false statements in October. Federal prosecutors on Monday recommended that Collins be sentenced to nearly five years in prison.
Collins emotionally addressed the court, saying in part “now I stand here today as a disgraced former member of Congress.”
The former Republican lawmaker addressed pleaded on behalf of his son and blaming himself for putting his family in this situation. In the nearly three-hour hearing, he spoke for mere minutes and begged his wife and daughter for their support, asking them to please stay with him.
Collins, who was the first sitting congressman to support President Donald Trump’s bid for the White House, resigned from Congress ahead of the guilty plea. By pleading guilty, Collins avoided a broader set of charges from the superseding indictment, including securities fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud.
Collins admitted to having given his son nonpublic information about the failed results of a drug trial, which Collins had obtained by virtue of his position as a board member of the pharmaceutical company Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited.
Federal prosecutors allege that Collins’ son, Cameron Collins, then used the information to trade on the company’s stock ahead of the trial results becoming public, allowing him to avoid $570,900 in losses. And they allege that the younger Collins then passed the information to others who illegally traded on it.
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CNN’s Erica Orden and Chandelis Duster contributed to this report.