Ex-financier free on bail in insider trading case

Associated Press Modified: November 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm •  Published: November 26, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — A former hedge fund portfolio manager accused of enabling a quarter of a billion dollars in profits by passing along inside information in one of the largest insider trading fraud cases in history appeared in a Manhattan court for the first time Monday and was released on $5 million bail, though his movements were restricted.

Mathew Martoma, 38, of Boca Raton, Fla., was read his rights by U.S. Magistrate Judge James Cott, who agreed to impose a bail package that prosecutors and Martoma's lawyers had worked out after his initial court appearance in Florida last week. He had been free on $5 million bail in Florida as well. Martoma must post $2 million in cash or property by next week to satisfy the new bail requirements, which will limit his travel to New York, New Jersey, Florida and Massachusetts.

Martoma was arrested last week on charges that between 2006 and 2008, he helped to engineer one of the largest insider trading frauds in history. Martoma worked with CR Intrinsic Investors, an affiliate of SAC Capital Advisors. SAC is owned by Steven A. Cohen, one of the world's richest men.

His court appearance lasted only 12 minutes and he was not required to enter a plea, since an indictment has not been returned. Prior to the hearing, he sat in the spectator section with his wife and lawyers until his case was called.

Martoma's lawyer, Charles Stillman, provided a matter-of-fact analysis to a court hearing that was more process than substance.

"We took care of business today and we'll be back another day," Stillman said. Afterward, Martoma could be seen walking down a courthouse hallway clasping hands with his wife. He left the courthouse after the couple both signed papers pledging that Martoma would follow the conditions of the bail package, which include surrendering any travel documents belonging to himself and his children.

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