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A stock trader dubbed the Octopussy because he reached for so much inside information was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison by a judge who said a harsh punishment was necessary because insider trading is so difficult to detect. Zvi Goffer was convicted with two others in June in a conspiracy to pay bribes to coax confidential information from two lawyers at Ropes & Gray. “Insider trading is very, very hard to detect,” Southern District Judge Richard Sullivan said as he also ordered Mr. Goffer to pay more than $10 million in restitution. “Because of that, it has to be dealt with harshly. …These crimes are not going to be tolerated, certainly not in my courtroom.”

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