Securities and Exchange Commisison v. Pentagon Capital Management PLC et al
OPINION: #98680 Each of the documents at issue in this motion is an Order of the SEC making findings based on facts discovered pursuant to its investigative authority. Such findings are presumed reliable and admissible under Rule 803(8) (C). Because the documents are not being offered to establish liability, Rule 408 is not implicated. The proffered documents are admissible pursuant to Rule 803 (8) (C). Any rulings with respect to relevance or other issues of admissibility will be determined at an appropriate time in the proceedings which follow. (Signed by Judge Robert W. Sweet on 3/11/2010) (jpo) Modified on 3/19/2010 (ajc).
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION, Plaintiff, -againstPENTAGON CAPITAL MANAGEMENT PLC and LEWIS CHESTER, Defendants, 08 Civ. 3324 OPINION
PENTAGON SPECIAL PURPOSE FUND, LTD., Relief Defendant.
Attorneys for Plaintiff
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
New York Regional Office
3 World Financial Center, Suite 400
New York, NY 10281
By: George S. Canellos, Esq.
Attorneys for Defendants
PEPPER HAMILTON LLP
600 Fourteenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 10005
By: Frank C. Razzano, Esq.
Ivan B. Knauer, Esq.
Matthew D. Foster, Esq.
Sweet, D .J
Defendants Pentagon Capital Management PLC ("Pentagon"), Lewis Chester ("Chester") and relief defendant Pentagon Special Purpose Fund, Ltd. (collectively, the "Defendants") have moved in limine pursuant to Rule 80318) (C), Fed. R. Evid., to admit into evidence certain Orders Instituting Proceedings ("OIPs") resolving proceedings brought by the plaintiff U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC" or the "Commission" or the "Plaintiff"). forth below, the motion is granted. For the reasons set
This action was commenced by the SEC on April 3, 2008. The amended complaint was filed September 9, 2008
alleging that United Kingdom-based hedge fund adviser Pentagon and its principal, Chester, orchestrated a scheme to defraud United States mutual funds and their investors through late trading and deceptive market timing, violating Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 ("Securities Act"), 15 U.S.C. S 77q(a), Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Exchange Act"), 15 U.S.C. S 78j (b),