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In SDNY Joel Pena Pleads Guilty With 2 Year Minimum When Less Time Possible Mystery

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 15 –  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Ronnie Abrams on June 15 held a proceeding with Joel Pena, charged with wire fraud and identify theft. Inner City Press covered it. 

 Pena asked for 3 minutes with his lawyer Stumpur, who asked if the Corrections Officer was right next to him. He was. 

  Stampur asked everyone on the line to hang up. Judge Abrams' deputy pointed out that lawyer and client can hang up and speak separately.  

  Pena was set to plead guilty to Count 2 of the indictment, now an Information, Aggravated Identity Theft. The original complaint, including as to other defendants, had 13 counts and talked about Bitcoin.   

 The plea was taken, and no expedited Pre-Sentencing Report was ordered. Pena pled to a count with 2 year mandatory minimum, while AUSA Neff emphasized a different plea was offered with no minimum. Why?

The case is US v Pena, 18-cr 640 (Abrams). 


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