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Man Who Pled to Aguardiente Fraud Arrested Trying to Fly To Colombia Before Sentencing

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 27 –  Pedro Andres Osorio pled guilty to fraudulently collecting investments for a fictitious company to import into the United States aguardiente liquor from his native Colombia.

  He was to be sentenced on December 20 by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge William H. Pauley III; he was out on bail pending sentencing.

   And then, according to the SDNY prosecutors, Osorio on October 29, 2019 tried to board a flight for Colombia from Miami.

   He was arrested, and after being processed through the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, was presented in shackles before SDNY Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger on November 27.

   Even though it was Thanksgiving eve, Osorio neither requested nor was granted bail. He was remanded to jail, now to await his sentencing on December 20. Will the bail violation allegation simply be added to his bill? The case is US v. Osorio, 19-cr-436 (Pauley). 

  The last case of Thanksgiving eve: three people were in a car driving to New York from Miami with 92 kilograms of cocaine worth $2.7 million in the car, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger was told on November 27, Thanksgiving Eve.    First Judge Lehrburger heard the arguments of David Palma and the younger Kevin Palma, 23, described as his nephew. Both are US citizens with links to the Dominican Republic.    The Assistant US Attorney argued that one or both might try to fly to Santo Domingo since they have face a ten year mandatory minimum.     But Judge Lehrburger freed both on both, with David Palma to return to the 24 security officers at the US Attorney's Office with his passport on Thanksgiving or face a warrant for his arrest.     David Palma's girlfriend Ms. Sanchez, a citizen of Colombia, did not fare so well. She was described as without ties to the community.   Judge Lehrburger asked, Does she live with David Palma?   No, was the answer, she rents a room in Queens where she works in a hookah bar from 9pm to 5 am three nights a week.   In fact David Palma's $100,000 bond, his Federal Defender Jonathan A. Marvinny said, is going to be signed by his wife, described as having a well paying job with "the Dominican Embassy."     The Dominican Embassy is in Washington; in New York is the consulate and the Dominican Mission to the UN, where Francis Lorenzo who pled guilty to UN bribery worked as Deputy Permanant Representative.    After taking a break in the Magistrate Court's robing room Judge Lehrburger returned to the bench and said, I'm sorry Ms. Sanchez but you have not rebutted the presumption.     All three faced a presumption for detention, but David and Kevin Palma were released. Beyond gender, seemingly the key difference was citizenship status, as impacts risk of flight.  One assumes the overall case is called US v. Palma, et al - but the docket number given did not show up in the PACER database even an hour after the proceeding. Inner City Press will have more on all this.


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