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Booth Charged With Thai Stock Boiler Room Fends Off Aussie Witness, Wants Earlier Scheme Excluded

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 18 – Robert Booth is on trial for securities fraud, specifically for his role in an indicted boiler room conspiracy involving Thailand, Cyprus and elsewhere.         

    On April 18, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff presided over the first day of Booth's trial. Inner City Press was there.  

A witness with a heavy Australian accent described speaking by phone with, and investing with, a John Summers and a Robert Miller.

He acknowledged on cross examination he had never seen, or to his knowledge spoken with, the defendant Robert Booth, a/k/a Trevor Nicholas, sitting in the courtroom.  

Booth's lawyer inquired into the witnesses recent discussion with the prosecutors, and if the US Attorney's Office hadn't been more interested in Robert Miller than Robert Booth. This gave rise to an objection, which was sustained.

Also in the air, or at least the motions in limine, is proffered evidence of an earlier boiler room operation.  There are co-defendant still awaiting trial: Michael D'Urso, Alyssa D'Urso, Antonella Chairamonte and Jay Garnock.

This case is US v. Booth, 21-cr-652 (Rakoff).


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