PHILADELPHIA — Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been charged with using insider trading tips from an acquaintance to make about $1.2 million in illegal profits on four major trading deals, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Co-defendant Damilare Sonoiki was paid $10,000 in kickbacks in the scheme from 2014-2015, as well as perks like tickets to Philadelphia Eagles games and tagging along to a music video shoot or nightclub appearances, said U.S. Attorney William McSwain. Kendricks played for the Eagles before signing with the Browns in June.
Sonoiki had been working as a junior analyst at an unnamed investment bank in New York, prosecutors said. An IMD B profile lists him as a writer on the popular TV series “Black-ish” as well as other movies and TV shows.