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In SDNY Tax Fraudster Stahl Cites Obama To Judge Abrams To No Avail Getting 30 Months

By Matthew Russell Lee, Periscope video

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 26 – When Lewis Stahl appeared for sentencing for tax fraud on March 26, he filled Judge Ronnie Abrams' courtroom in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York with employees of his firm, a rabbi from Coney Island, his twin brothers and a supporter from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. As Judge Abrams asked questions during his defense lawyer's hagiography of him, it because clear his request for time served would not be granted. So his lawyer passed up a letter offering to adopt a school in Florida, and said, what about home detention? Judge Abrams said Stahl is a good person, but a bad citizen, taking money from other Americans by shifting between six and eight million dollars in taxes. His lawyer told a story about home President Barack Obama listened to someone, maybe hoping to win Judge Abrams over with that, since she was nominated to the bench by Obama. But no: a sentence of 30 months was imposed, just like on Mary Boone, with three years of supervised release instead of one. Back on February 14 art gallery owner Mary Boone after pleading guilty to tax fraud was sentenced to 30 months in prison to be followed by a year of supervised release with 180 hours of community service. 

Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said that tax fraud is a crime that can and must be deterred. His sentence provided for 90 hours of community service with the non-profit Free Arts NYC or one like it, and 90 hours of service to New York City Board of Education beginning, he said, in June 2021.

Unlike two recent Judge Hellerstein sentencees, Norman Seabrook and Murray Huberfeld, Boone through her lawyer Robert S. Fink did not announce an appeal and ask for bail pending appeal. On Worth Street outside the SDNY courthouse, Inner City Press asked Boone what she thought of the community service requirement. She did not answer, swarmed by photographers as she awaited the white luxury car she drove off in.  Periscope video here.

  Her tax fraud involved mis-characterizing as deductible business expenses such things as Louis Vuitton and Hermes charges of nearly $20,000, beauty salon bills of $24,380, and $15,000 in jewelry. Fink said this came from mental problems, feeling like the world was ending. He emphasized that Boone has been dropped by Chase Bank and the Century Club and even by her therapist, who felt that reporting on her from the pre-sentencing report made other clients doubt she could keep their confidences.   Judge Hellerstein told Fink he personally fought to keep such PSRs confidential but that other judges who prioritized transparency won out. He emerged after hearing Boone's written statement which pleaded to be kept out to jail to continue her work with his sentence, including the community service. Fink requested the Women's Camp in Danbury, Connecticut. Boone is to turn herself in, on May 15 before 2 pm. Whether as some surmise there will be a whistleblower payment is not known...

A dispute about coffee mugs erupted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on February 11 before Judge Gregory Woods who is also handling the criminal leaking of Treasury Department reports, see below. Vermont potters Zcups LLC, represented in Judge Woods' courtroom by a young couple and their two sons, accuse Home Essentials and Beyond of selling knock off coffee cups with teh same slogans on this, "A Cup of Hope," in violation of trademark and trade dress. But Home Essential's lawyer questioned why their cups didn't have the "TM" or "R" symbol on them, and said that in any event Home Essential was no longer selling these mugs. Judge Woods encouraged settlement, saying that litigation is expensive in light of the total volume of 6000 mugs mis-sold, allegedly. It was agreed the parties would exchange sales information under a confidentiality order, and try to dispense with this cup of bitterness. The case is 1:18-cv-09196-GHW Zpots LLC v. Home Essentials & Beyond, Inc.  We'll have more on this.


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