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Samuel D. Waksal (born 8 September 1947) is a failed American businessman. He was the founder and CEO of the biopharmaceutical company ImClone Systems, which developed the drug Erbitux (cetuximab). In the course of an insider trading scandal, he was convicted of several white collar crimes, served time in federal prison, and has now been released.


Waksal earned a bachelor's degree in 1969 and a doctorate in immunobiology in 1974, both from The Ohio State Universitymarker.

Personal life

He dated Martha Stewart's daughter, Alexis for years prior to his criminal conviction.

Criminal activity and conviction

He was arrested June 12, 2002 on insider trading charges. On October 15, he pleaded guilty to charges of securities fraud, bank fraud, obstruction of justice, and perjury.

On March 3, 2003 he pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and wire fraud for avoiding $1.2 million in sales taxes on $15 million in artwork. The art included works by Mark Rothko, Richard Serra, Roy Lichtenstein, and Willem de Kooning, purchased between June 2000 and October 2001. He did not pay the necessary taxes at the time of purchase, but did pay the taxes in fall 2002.

On June 10, 2003, Waksal was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison and ordered to pay more than $4 million in fines and back taxes, all the maximum punishments allowable under law. Waksal is not eligible for parole. He is currently serving time in the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville in New York statemarker as inmate number 53803-054, but he was released from a half way house Feb 9th, 2009


  1. "A Bad Thing", New Yorker, March 22, 2004

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