BREAKING: UK Tycoon Joe Lewis Admits Insider Trading in Shocking Plea Deal

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UK Tycoon Joe Lewis Admits Insider Trading in Shocking Plea Deal

Manhattan, NY — In a stunning turn of events, British billionaire Joe Lewis, 86, head of the Tavistock Group and former owner of Tottenham Hotspur, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in Manhattan federal court to charges related to insider trading. The financial mogul, whose family still wields significant influence over the Premier League club, acknowledged his involvement in illicit activities during a gripping courtroom session before U.S. District Judge Jessica G. L. Clarke.

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Guilty Plea Unveiled

In a shocking revelation, Lewis admitted to aiding his girlfriend and private jet pilots in exploiting confidential information for stock trades. Two counts of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy were leveled against him, culminating in a groundbreaking plea deal. Lewis, visibly contrite, disclosed his role during a morning hearing, citing instances in 2019 where he shared confidential data, leading to substantial gains for those involved.

BREAKING: Joe Lewis Pleads Guilty To Insider Trading: Apology and Embarrassment

Expressing remorse before the court, Lewis declared, “I knew at the time that what I was doing was wrong. I am so embarrassed, and I apologize to the court for my conduct.” The admission sent ripples through the legal community, given Lewis’ stature as a prominent figure in both business and sports.

Monumental Financial Penalties

Aside from pleading guilty to securities fraud, Lewis faces a hefty financial penalty. While admitting to separate recordkeeping violations, the billionaire agreed to pay a staggering $50 million. His wholly owned Bahamian company, Broad Bay Ltd., also confessed to underreporting ownership interests in drug company Mirati Therapeutics, resulting in a $15 million fine and a $35 million forfeiture, to be shouldered by Lewis.

Sentencing and Potential Prison Time

Despite being on a $300 million bond since his arrest in July, Lewis is scheduled for sentencing on March 28. He has consented to a nonbinding guidelines range of 18 to 24 months in prison. However, Lewis retains the right to appeal any incarceration sentence, adding a layer of uncertainty to the high-profile case.

BREAKING: Joe Lewis Pleads Guilty To Insider Trading: Legal Representation

Legal heavyweights from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP are defending Lewis and Broad Bay. The government, represented by Nicolas Roos and Jason A. Richman from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, continues to build its case in the courtroom.