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Iran Sanctions OFAC Scammer With Skin Cancer Gets A Year And A Day From SDNY Judge Sullivan

By Matthew Russell Lee, Previous Thread
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 18 – John Luke Shannon pled guilty to defrauding a purchaser of industrial tires by claiming its money could not be returned due to U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctions concerning Iran.

  Shannon agreed to pay back $157,420 and on October 18 he was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern Distict of New York by now-Circuit Judge Richard J. Sullivan.     Shannon said he was ashamed of what he had done and that while "I know I'll be forgiven by the good Lord," he would accept whatever incarceration Judge Sullivan order.

 While his Federal Defender Clay Kaminsky cited medical issues urged a non-incarceratory sentence, Judge Sullivan disagreed.

     Judge Sullivan said that harm of the crime was not only the money stolen but the besmirchment of the name of the United States and its enforcement agencies. While crediting Shannon for his expressed remorse, Judge Sullivan sentenced him to a year and a day in prison, making him eligible for release in approximately ten months.

    At the sentencing, in largely empty courtroom 23B of 500 Pearl Street, there was detailed discussion not only of Shannon's skin cancer but of the willingness of the Bureau of Prisons to continue particular drugs he is on.

    Assistant US Attorney Cecilia Vogel had since her last filing including into the BOP's formulary and the  treatment offerings at various BOP facilities. Now Shannon is due to report to the Butner facility on January 7, 2020. The case is US v. Shannon, 18-cr-0809 (Sullivan).



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