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In Tale Of Two Card Fraudsters DeMaria Wins Release From Lexington Beckish Remains in FCI Miami

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 12 – Joseph DeMaria, convicted in a credit card fraud conspiracy but with medical issues on May 12 sought release from Federal prison in Lexington, Kentucky before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Edgardo Ramos.

 He was represented by Jeffrey Einhorn, who before Judge Ramos also represented cooperator Konstantin Ignatov in the OneCoin / Mark Scott case covered by Inner City Press.

Assistant US Attorney Michael McGinnis said DeMaria is in a federal medical facility, when there are problems he's taken to University of Kentucky facility. He seemed to argue DeMaria is better off in than out. 

   Einhorn replied, We know Mr DeMaria is at a medical facility. But the virus has spread, to 142 cases today. BOP says they have policies. But we're months into it... 

 A second defense lawyer cited the previously spread of COVID-19 in the Federal Elkton prison in Lisbon, Ohio, which Inner City Press reported early on.  

  Judge Ramos said, I am familiar with this case. I gave Mr. DeMaria a substantial variance in part due to his medical condition. But the risk is not about not getting care, but about getting sick, particularly if you have certain conditions. I do not believe he would be a danger to the community. I find that he does qualify for compassionate release. He would have been released in another six months, so release got no undermine law.  

    As to DeMaria's co-defendant James Beckish, in Federal prison in Miami,  AUSA Olga Zverovich says he is 33 and in relatively good health, that FCI Miami has no confirmed cases - and argued, he should not be released.

      Judge Ramos agreed: Concern about COVID-19 does not mean everyone gets released. Mr. Beckish richly earned his ticket into that facility. The medical record is not as compelling as Mr. DeMaria's. Mr. Beckish has not met the conditions for release. He suggested, Ask for furlough.

The cases are US v. Beckish, et al., 17-cr-569 (Ramos).


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