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Scaramucci compares SAC Capital case with Salem witch hunts, says SEC is 'upset' because they messed up over Madoff

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:

Business Insider reported on Skybridge Capital’s Anthony Scaramucci 'epic rant’ on CNBC's "Fast Money" after the news broke that SAC Capital and U.S. prosecutors could reach a settlement deal in the coming days.

Scaramucci compared treatment of embattled billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen and his Stamford, Connecticut-based SAC Capital with the Salem witch hunts. Scaramucci claimed that Cohen has received unfair treatment because 'he believes the SEC is just upset because they messed up the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme case’.

Business Insider quoted Scaramucci saying: "OK. Look, they're upset. I know you guys didn't get the Madoff thing right. You went in there and investigated him several times and blew it. So now you're on a witch hunt for everybody. Why don't we just stop it at this point."

CNBC anchor Scott Wapner said: "I understand...Guilty plea changes things a little bit doesn't it?" and Scaramucci replied: "Scott, when they paint you into the corner and they have unlimited resources OK. And you're trying to get on with your life. It's sort of one of the only things you can do on the Venn Diagram. The Department of Justice and the SEC are gone crazy in these matters. OK look at JPMorgan. Not just SAC/Cohen. They're after everybody. I think it's unfair. I'm one......................

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