Charged With Literary Wire Fraud Is Freed
To West Village Secured by London Flat
Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell
UK - Honduras
Jan 6 –
An Italian man
arrested on January 5 at JFK
airport was ordered released
on bond on January 6. Inner
City Press was there, the only
media in the Magistrates Court
of the U.S. District Court for
the Southern District of New
York and live tweeted, here
and below. The US
Attorney had announced:
charging FILIPPO BERNARDINI
with wire fraud and aggravated
identity theft, in connection
with a multi-year scheme to
involved in the publishing
industry in order to
fraudulently obtain hundreds
of pre-publication manuscripts
of novels and other
BERNARDINI was arrested this
afternoon when he arrived at
John F. Kennedy International
Airport. He will be
presented tomorrow before
United States Magistrate Judge
Robert W. Lehrburger in
On January 6
Inner City Press reported on
the detention of another
defendant as a felon in
possession of ammunition;
Bernardini, on the other hand,
was release. Thread here:
Bernardini is getting a publicly
funded Federal Defender. He pleads not guilty.
US is seeking his detention, saying he resides
in UK and is a risk of flight.
AUSA quotes Bernardini, upon his arrest
yesterday, saying, How can I be arrested here?
I am not a US citizen. Federal Defender says
Bernardini was arrested at JFK airport
yesterday with his long time partner Benjamin
Kaye, who is here in court. He works for
Federal Defender says Mr Bernardini's father
is flying to New York with cash; she mentions
$200,000. They could stay in the West Village
with electronic monitoring.
Now Bernardini's partner Benjamin Kaye
raises his offer to $300,000, secured by
London flat. Judge asks if he'd surrender his
Federal Defender: They're here on US
visa waiver program. Kellogg's would let him
work from NY for 2 months.
Judge: Could Mr Kaye put up the security
today? AUSA: It would have to involve
confession of judgment.
Federal Defender: He could be outfitted with a
GPS bracelet today
Judge: There are conditions for release.
I will release him on bond signed by Mr Kay
and Mr Bernardini's father, and a US
co-signer. Surrender passport for 2 months and
reside at [ ] West 13th Street, Apartment [ ].
Judge: Before release, they must sign the bond
and surrender passport. Seek or maintain
Federal Defender: He won't be allowed to work.
And the apartment is small.
Judge: I'll order a curfew, and he must notify
Pre-Trial if out for more than an hour.
The case is US
v. Bernardini, 21-cr-458 (McMahon /
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