BOSTON, Sept 21 Billionaire investor Leon
Cooperman on Wednesday told his investors he will fight the U.S.
government's insider trading charges against him and declined to
settle the case because he will not let anyone destroy his
Earlier, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that
Cooperman, 73, and his $5.4 billion hedge fund Omega Advisors
traded illegally on private information six years ago.
"I could have settled this for far less money than I give to
charity every year," Cooperman said on the conference call,
adding "I am not going to let these people destroy my legacy."
(Reporting by Svea Herbst-Bayliss; Editing by David Gregorio)