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Coste Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Witness Assistant Program, Remains In Custody

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 4 – Jose Coste was accused of fraudulently obtaining money from the Emergency Witness Assistance Program.    

On November 24, 2020 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Laura Taylor Swain held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

 As his CJA counsel Coste has gotten Akin Gump, whose representative said there are discussions toward a disposition.

Judge Swain set the next conference for January 21 - and Inner City Press covered this as well.

 Coste's lawyer said it has been hard to communicate, but that she did not think the attorney client relationship has broken down.

On June 4, now Chief Judge Swain held a change of plea proceeding. Coste pleaded guilty; his lawyer said she was no longer seeking to modify conditions of release.

 Coste is in custody. The plea agreement says the sentencing guideline is six to 12 months. Judge Swain agreed to expedite sentencing to July 27 at 11 am.

The case is US v. Coste, 20-cr-462 (Swain)


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