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Importer of Clothes From China Bailey Got 6 Months Sentence Now Wants Passport Back

By Matthew Russell Lee

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 15 – A business man accused of defrauding the U.S. government of over $1 million in customs fees on children's clothing from China, Joseph Bailey, on June 6, 2019 was brought in shackles into the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court. Inner City Press was the only media there.

 The government agreed to a $1 million bond; his wife Lisa and his nearly identical son Morris, in the gallery, were given his medicines in a plastic bag.

  After that, the case was repeatedly adjourned, with the adjournment memo-endorseds being virtual the only documents in the docket: from June to September, from September to October, and and October to November 13 at 3:30 pm. Inner City Press went to this long delayed conference with only one other person in the gallery, and heard Bailey's attorney ask for permission for Bailey to travel to Florida for Thanksgiving.

  In mid January Bailey quietly pled guilty to only one of the counts initially and more loudly brought against him.

On December 22, Bailey was sentenced and he got six months in prison, with Otisville recommended, to start in May. Inner City Press live tweeted it, here.

  It was pushed back to a heart attack - we wish Bailey well - and now, on July 30, two more months are sought, because BOP designated Bailey to the medium security facility in Butner, North Carolina. He's seeking to shift it back to Otisville.

He surrendered to BOP on October 7. And on October 15, his lawyer asked that his passport be returned: "Mr. Baileys' passport remains in the custody of Pre-Trial Services, which has advised that an order of the Court is required before it may release Mr. Bailey's passport. Otherwise, the passport will be sent to the U.S. State Department and Mr. Bailey would then be required to re-apply for a new passport document."

The case is now US v. Bailey, 19-cr-412 (McMahon).

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