Gustav Arnal, the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Bed Bath & Beyond who plunged to his death from the 18th floor of a New York City skyscraper on Friday was the subject of a class-action lawsuit alleging that he and majority shareholder, GameStop Chairman Ryan Cohen, had artificially inflated the company’s value in a “pump and dump” scheme.
Cohen purchased a large stake in BBBY, including call options, on more than 1.6 million BBBY shares with a strike price between $60 and $80 in what, according to the lawsuit, was a “classic attempt to spark a gamma squeeze, in exchange for Gustavo’s assurance that Insiders would not flood … the market with the stock.”
BBBY stock climbed from $4.38 per share on July 1, 2022, to $30 per share on Aug. 17, 2022. Between March and August, Cohen, Gustavo, and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC — another defendant in the lawsuit — discussed their plan of hyping the stock and exiting their positions of BBBY shares at some point, according to the lawsuit.
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