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So far, former executives at Intel, McKinsey, and an outsourcing company called PeopleSupport have testified in the Manhattan trial of Raj Rajaratnam, the billionaire hedge fund manager who's accused of participating in an insider trading conspiracy that earned him tens of millions of dollars.
During the trial, prosecutors have played several secretly recorded tapes of Rajaratnam's conversations.
In this excerpt, Rajaratnam is talking to Danielle Chiesi, who worked at a different hedge fund and pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to commit securities fraud.
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Rajaratnam's defense attorney, John Dowd, said Chiesi was "just a lot of drama" and that she never passed inside information to Rajaratnam.