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In SDNY Mysterious Mag Court US Attorney Bails Out Rodriguez on Health Care Fraud No Docket Number

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 26 – A defendant named Armando Rodriguez was presented and bailed out on charges of health care fraud on December 26, without any docket number being given in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court. The bail was $50,000 and a curfew was imposed after 11 pm, with travel permitted to New Jersey for work on Saturdays. Federal Defenders represented him, but only for purposes of presentment.

Earlier on December 26 a defendant named Stephanie Perez was unsuccessfully offered a bail package by the US Attorney's office on December 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court. The offered package was for a $20,000 personal recognisance bond co-signed by two financially responsible people.

  But SDNY Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses asked, What about Ms. Perez' earlier failures to appear? Assistant US Attorney Brett M. Kalikow responded by referring to "the written application we passed up to your Honor" - that is, a non public document.

  Judge Moses said she had read it, whatever it is, and that it addressed only Ms. Perez' intentions. Kalikow asked, "May we approach?"

  There followed a non-public sidebar discussion. Inner City Press went next door and asked for the docket number; they did not have it. As the matter was put over to some undefined time, Inner City Press hopes to have more. The previously "Murky Mag Court" series was converted, but issues remain. Watch this site.

Earlier on December 26 a man who was shot in the stomach on November 6 in the Bronx juice bar he had opened only the month before was approved for publicly-funded Criminal Justice Act legal representation on December 26.

In a short proceeding in an otherwise empty, but for Inner City Press, Magistrates Court of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses asked what income he had received from his story in November and December so far.

   None, he replied, stating that he was in a coma for five days and has had to return to the hospital with an infection from the pump in his stomach.

He said he has left an employee in charge, who when he calls tells him there is no money to pay out.  

From public reporting at the time, it appears that it is the Healthy Juice Bar at 700 Adee Avenue in Allerton. Inner City Press is not publishing the shot storeowner's name; a photo of the person said at the time to be a suspect is here.

   But why would the victim need to be appointed a CJA lawyer? No docket number was read out, nor any explanation offered.  On that, we may have more. 


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