asks judge to order SEC to give details on suit
By Associated Press
Rocky Mountain News
Saturday, February 18, 2006
A former Qwest finance chief asked a judge Friday to order
regulators to provide more details about a fraud lawsuit,
contending it is impossible to determine specific
allegations against her or other defendants. Robin
Szeliga's attorneys wrote in a brief filed in U.S. District
Court that the Securities and Exchange Commission relied on
a "smorgasbord" approach that lacked specifics when it filed
the complaint nearly a year ago.
"The SEC has lumped numerous defendants and a variety of
allegedly wrongful conduct into one complaint in a way that
makes it impossible to understand what is being alleged
against whom," attorneys Patrick Kanouff and Terry Bird
wrote. "The law requires more, and this court should order
the SEC to provide it."
A telephone message seeking comment from SEC attorneys was
not returned. They have consistently refused comment
outside the courtroom.
Szeliga attorney Mark Drooks said in a separate brief that
he met with SEC attorneys in May who believed the lawsuit
was sufficient as it stood.
Szeliga, former Chief Executive Officer Joseph Nacchio,
former Chief Financial Officer Robert Woodruff and four
other one-time executives were accused in March of
orchestrating a massive financial fraud that forced Qwest
Communications International Inc. to restate billions of
dollars in revenue.
The SEC wants repayment and civil penalties, with amounts to
be determined at trial.