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Cooperator Rudy James Fled Bronx For Georgia Amid COVID Now 2 More Years Supervision

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE,  June 10 – Rudy James was part of a conspiracy to trick people into paying unowed consumer debts to Warrant Services Association in Norcross, Georgia.

He pled guilty in 2017 and was sentenced in 2017 to time served and three years of supervised release, plus $500,000 in restitution by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Richard J. Sullivan. 

 On June 10 Judge Sullivan, now on the Second Circuit Court of Appeal but still managing his old SDNY cases, held a Violations of Supervised Release proceeding with James. Inner City Press live tweeted it.

Probation officer Adam Pakula listed two specifications.

Judge Sullivan: I sentenced you to time served because of your cooperation at trial. So I was disappointed to get memo that you've barely paid anything on restitution of $500,000 to victims. You took off and left the jurisdiction, didn't think it was a big deal. You said you could "sit down" for 60 days. But I could put you in jail for up to two years. You should be clear on that. Have you seen the violations? 

James: No. 

Judge Sullivan: You traveled to Jonesboro, Georgia, a violation. You failed to make a good faith effort to pay restitution. Do you admit or deny? 

James' lawyer: He's been on supervision for 3 years, living in The Bronx on Kelly Street. He had no problems. Mr. Pakula is more recent. COVID hit, he was in the South Bronx, the hottest spot. He stayed in his little apartment. His mother in Atlanta begged him to come down. He wasn't working. He didn't call Probation. He could have claimed he was in the Bronx- it was a cell phone. He makes $400 a week-- 

Judge Sullivan: 10% was supposed to go to the victims, I was very clear about that. 

James' lawyer: He might go back to work when the City re-opens.

  Pakula: He was allowed to go down to Georgia for a court appearance.

Judge Sullivan: For what? 

Pakula: I'll look it up for the court later. Then I spoke to him on Facetime.  

Judge Sullivan: You're not impressed with his attitude?

 Pakula: Correct.  Judge Sullivan: He's paid only $300 on the $500,000 restitution. I was disappointed, I made it clear I take it seriously. 

Pakula: He paid $280 toward restitution. 

Judge Sullivan: Even $20 a week would mean something. We'll get there in a minute.Judge Sullivan: Do you admit no good faith effort to pay? 

James: Yes. 

Judge Sullivan: Should we do sentencing now? 

AUSA Benet Kearney: We don't recommend ending supervised release. Pakula: Two more years would be warranted. And a couple of months of prison.

James' lawyer: If you jail him, he'll be unemployed again. And I had a client in the MCC who got COVID. So jailing would defeat the purpose. 

Judge Sullivan: Your client upped the ante in his conversations with Probation. He put jail time on the table. Still, I'm not inclined to incarcerate him. Prisons are not the safest place. And he didn't go to Georgia to commit crimes. But I'm thinking of extending supervision, and having him come in, not just call in. When is Mr. James coming to NY? 

James' lawyer: His employer says he'll open in July, according to NYS' plan. Maybe 2d week of July? I don't think what the court is proposing is unreasonable. 

James: I really want to get back to being able to take care of my kids. Maybe I can get a loan to pay.... A lot of jobs they won't hire you if you have active probation.  

Judge Sullivan: This is really about the breach of trust. You got a very serious break. So I am disappointed. I did not expect you to be back. I said, no spitting on subway. No resistution? I'm going to order two more years of supervised release. And $100 a month in restitution. If you start making more money, we can increase it. I'm going to allow you to stay in Georgia until NY re-opens. Georgia is probably safer for now. You're to report in by phone or Zoom. That will resolve this matter. You have the right to appeal. But it sounds like this is a pretty good outcome. If later you want to terminate early, I'm open to that.

 James: How do I pay?

 Judge Sullivan: Mail or cashier. Are you working remotely? 

James: No we are not working remotely. 

Judge Sullivan: Mr. Pakula, update me by September. Thanks everybody. Have a good day.

The case is US v. James, 15-cr-307 (Sullivan). 


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