The federal government is recommending that a former portfolio manager serve up to about 20 years in prison. His lawyers call that “outrageous” and “irrational.”

Mathew Martoma will be sentenced Monday afternoon.

His lawyers said in a recent court filing that to mete out such a stiff punishment, the judge would have to conclude Martoma teamed up with his billionaire boss. They say the government never proved Martoma provided Steven A. Cohen with inside information.

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