Greenwich’s Raj Rajaratnam has temporarily (about 11 years) moved abodes from 577 Round Hill Road (purchased in 2000 for $7.5 million) to Ayer, Massachusetts, but apparently things aren’t as uncomfortable there as you may have feared. I know I’m relieved.
Fat-cat financial felon Raj Rajaratnam is kickin’ it big in the Big House — with a personal “manservant” at his beck and call, a prison insider tells me.
“He’s reigning like a king,” said the source of Rajaratnam’s new digs at the Federal Medical Center Devens, in Ayer, Mass., where he’ll spend the next 11 years on an insider-trading conviction.
“He’s doing his time in the lap of luxury compared to the other inmates.”
What’s more, the source tells me, Raj “has a very delightful guy doing all sorts of stuff for him — sort of like a ‘manservant.’ When Raj needs something, this guy gets if for him.”
The manservant is a “gentle giant,” an American Samoan named Eddie, whose main job in the P3 unit is to push wheelchair-bound prisoners. He got himself transferred to P3 after befriending Raj, according to the snitch.
“He became enamored of Raj, and Raj started talking about how much he once paid his chauffeurs. Now Eddie wants to be Raj’s driver when he gets out,” the insider told me.
He even cooks for Rajaratnam using a nearby microwave when the fallen financier doesn’t want to hoof it to the dining hall.
P3 residents have private toilets, a shared balcony for sunning themselves, televisions and adjustable beds. The doors aren’t locked — but neither are they in most of the buildings at the Devens facility, according to my source.
UPDATE: Forbes columnist offers a different perspective. No one I know who’s ever been a prisoner (including myself, when as a 16-year-old cross-country hitch hiker I spend four days as a guest of the government in the San Luis Obispo County Jail) would confuse jail for freedom, regardless of amenities like a microwave oven and a private toilet (neither of which were provided in my accommodations, damn it). I’m sure Raj is no exception.