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In SDNY Wire Fraudster Imamverdiyev Sentenced to 2 Years Then Removal Despite Cooperation

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 16 –  Sarkhan Imamverdiyev pled guilty to a wire fraud conspiracy in which victims wired money, they thought for antique cars or other collectibles, to accounts that he controlled at, among others, Chase, Citi, Santander, Capital One and Wells Fargo. 

  On January 16 he came up for sentencing before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge George B. Daniel. The government asked for a guideline sentence of 57 to 71 months. His lawyer asked for time served, since he will be deported.    

Imamverdiyev himself, speaking through an interpreter, apologized to the court. He described his despair upon learning that his mother had sold her gold earrings to send money to his commissary account for good while he was in jail. He said he believes in Allah. 

 While his lawyer said he had ultimately cooperated with the government, the Assistant US Attorney said, "he lied to us about his involvement in the conspiracy."  Page 6 of the US Attorney's January 13 sentencing submission is half redacted.

 Judge Daniels imposed a sentence of 24 months, which will be followed by deportation or supervised release. The case is US v. Imamverdiyev, 18-cr-509 (Daniels).


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