An Orange County investor with accounts in at least three brokerages is being investigated for suspicious trades in stocks touted in Business Week, further expanding the breadth of the inside trading scandal surrounding the magazine.
Stephen Rasinski, a Corona Del Mar resident with a business in Tustin called Bretna Enterprises, often bought stocks touted in Business Week on Thursdays, one day before the magazine hits newsstands, sources familiar with the investigations said. It is not known how Rasinski got the information, although he is believed to have passed it to others on occasion.
Rasinski had accounts at Prudential-Bache Securities, Drexel Burnham Lambert and Smith Barney, Harris Upham. He may have had other accounts elsewhere, the sources said.
The news of Rasinski's trading is the latest indication of the widespread trading on pre-release knowledge of Business Week's "Inside Wall Street" column. Investigators, including those from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the FBI, are examining trading in at least nine brokerage firms, with many others suspected of having accounts with suspicious transactions.