New York GOP Rep Chris Collins pleads not guilty to insider trading

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New York GOP Rep Chris Collins pleads not guilty to insider trading

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y. pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to federal insider trading charges, according to NBC News.

The congressman was arrested earlier in the day on charges that he shared non-public information with family and friends related to Australian biotech company Innate Immunotherapeutics, on which Collins served as a board member.

An indictment released Wednesday alleges that Collins, 68, scrambled to call his son from the White House lawn and share information with him about a failed drug trial, and that his son and others then sold stock based on that tip before the trial results became public.

Collins' son, Cameron Collins, 25, as well as the father of his fiancee, Stephen Zarsky, 66, were also charged, according to the court filing. All three pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and will be released on $500,000 bond. Collins now must surrender his diplomatic passport and firearms within 14 days.

The next court hearing is set for Oct. 11, less than a month before Collins will face reelection. Collins' indictment has made his deep-red district more competitive for his Democratic opponent Nate McMurray. McMurray jumped on the indictment Wednesday and began fundraising on the news.

The Republican representative from upstate New York, President Donald Trump's earliest backer in Congress, suffered almost immediate political fallout in the wake of the charges.

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Posted By: cnbc.com

Date Posted: Thu, 9 Aug 2018, 08:46 am

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