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If a group of securities brokers agree throughout a conversation to sell a specific stock aggressively and then they sell their own share at a profit after the share price increases to a certain dollar - is that considered insider trading which is a felony crime? After all, they were selling stock for illegal purposes so to speak. But now lets say one of those individuals decides at the last minute not to do it - is he guilty of that crime? I would say/think that the individual could possibly be charged with conspiracy since the individuals discussed or made an agreement to commit the above crime/act but not insider trading since he did not commit the act itself.

Then let's say an executive of a company submits false invoices from a company which are then paid - I think the party could be charged with embezzlement which is also a felony since the party used their powers to gather funds for personal usage illegally from outside individuals.

And lastly if an individual employee sells a customer list to a vast competitor is this illegal or just grounds for dismissal? This one I am unsure on - I would think it would be illegal since they sold personal information without consent or authorization but unsure which exact crime it would fall under and whether it would in turn be a felony or misdemeanor.

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"I would say/think that the individual could possibly be charged with conspiracy since the individuals discussed or made an agreement to commit the above crime/act but not insider trading since he did not commit the act itself. "
- I support this point.

"I think the party could be charged with embezzlement which is also a felony since the party used their powers to gather funds for personal usage illegally from outside individuals. "
- I support this point too.

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The following points are discussed and supported:
"... individual could possibly be charged with conspiracy since the individuals discussed or made an agreement to commit the above crime/act but not insider trading since he did not commit the act itself. "
"... the party could be charged with embezzlement which is also a felony since the party used their powers to gather funds for personal usage illegally from outside individuals. "

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