Rogue Trader Gets a Job

IT company hires man behind biggest trading scandal in history
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2008 2:37 PM CDT
Jerome Kerviel, accused of causing massive losses at French bank Societe Generale, waves as he leaves a Paris prison Tuesday, March 18, 2008.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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(Newser) – Jérôme Kerviel is working once again, despite having cost France’s Société Générale $7.68 billion in unauthorized trading. Released from prison a few weeks ago, the rogue trader is employed as an IT consultant for a French company specializing in networks and security, the Wall Street Journal reports. The gig could also help keep Kerviel out of jail.

Kerviel was in prison for more than a month and is being investigated, but French law makes it harder to incarcerate employed suspects. Kerviel owes the job to his legal team, which has called on Kerviel's new boss for IT testimony before and introduced the two men. So far, the computer company refuses to reveal the nature of Kerviel's new job.