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On Money Laundering Charges Benzion Zirkind Was Released Now Bomba Trial Set For Dec 7

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 21 – Benzion Zirkind was arrested and released on money laundering charges on July 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He put up a $100,000 bond secured by a property at 1349 President Street in Brooklyn owned by a friend of the family. 

  SDNY Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses held a proceeding late on July 21, and Inner City Press covered it. 

  Benzion Zirkind unlike most defendants in the SDNY had retained counsel, who announced that he had "four questions."    Judge Moses joked that those should be for the youngest child.

One of the questions was how the defendant should avoid speaking with co-defendants, if some of them are sealed. More, apparently, will be family members.  

 The President Street property is valued at over $2 million.

The next court date is July 29 before District Judge Denise L. Cote. She has ordered, "ORDER as to Emiliano Bomba, Brian Para Machado, Jose Baez, Andy Garibaldi Lopez, Zalmund Zirkind, Benzion Zirkind. On July 21, 2020, defendant Benzion Zirkind ("Zirkind") was presented and arraigned before the Magistrate Judge. Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(7)(A), time was excluded by the Magistrate Judge until July 29, 2020. It is hereby ORDERED that pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3161(h)(6) time is excluded until December 7, 2020, since he is joined for trial with Emiliano Bomba, Jose Baez, and Andy Garibaldi Lopez. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that trial is scheduled for Bomba, Lopez, Baez, and Zirkind for December 7, 2020. The Government shall file a letter by July 31 describing the schedule for the production of discovery to Zirkind. Any defense motions are due September 4, 2020; the Government's opposition remains due September 11, 2020. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that defense counsel for Zirkind shall advise the Court by July 31, 2020, whether the defendant requests a conference with the Court regarding the schedule in this case or any other issue. That letter shall confirm that counsel has advised Zirkind of the December 7, 2020 trial date and the need to request any change of counsel well in advance of December 7 so that replacement counsel is prepared to try this case on December 7. (Signed by Judge Denise L. Cote on 7/24/2020)."

The case is US v. Zirkind, 19-cr-463 (Cote / Moses)


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