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After 5 Presented in SDNY On Telemarketing Fraud Charges Handren As Sixth Is Bailed To Utah

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 7 –  Five defendants in a telemarketing scheme were presented past 8 pm on November 20 in the Magistrates Court of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The government proposed that while they could be released on their own signatures that night, but asked that they get pre-approval from Pre-Trial Services for any expenditure above $10,000.  

The lawyer for lead defendant Anthony Cheedie objected, saying that the government should not be the one to approve the payment of legal defense fees. 

That week's SDNY Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn proposed a carve out for payments to law firms for legal defense. She also confirmed that another of the defendants would be allowed to continue to take THC or medical marijuana, if he can show a prescription.

 On December 6 before SDNY Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses co-defendant Kevin Kristopher Handren was presented, in from Utah with two retained lawyers. He was quickly released on $250,000 bond, with travel to Utah, barred from the same companies as the others.

 Judge Moses remarked that the company names were entirely generic - but that was the point. Kevin Handren's lawyer brought up the carve out from the monetary restrictions for paying for legal representation. They were in and out, while a homeless defendant was urged to withdraw his application for release. Inner City Press will stay on these cases.

    While the five are generally barred from speaking with their co-defendants without the presence of counsel, two are married: Mattie Cirilo and Derrek Larkin. They are allowed to speak with each other without counsel. They are also charged with obstruction of justice.

    Joseph Minetto had proposed to continue working for a company called Blank Canvas. But the government said that is alleged to be part of the scheme. The request was dropped, and three more companies were named: National Business Development, Atlantic Business Company and Success Business Services, or Development, the AUSA said.

Past 8:30 pm, with the lights still on, it was over. The case is US v. Cheedie, et al, 19-cr-833 (Marrero).


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