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Defendant Yongchao Liu For Premium Text Scam Gets Time Served, Removal to China

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 29 – Yongchao Liu was accused in a multi-defendant money laundering and wire fraud case involving unauthorized charges for premium text messaging services.  But his lawyer had a conflict. 

On February 18 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Analisa Torres held a Curcio hearing. Inner City Press covered it. 

Judge Torres told Lui she has been a state and Federal judge for more than twenty years and advises against keeping a conflicted lawyer. But Liu said he was aware of the conflict and waived it.  

Now on July 29, 2021, Liu has been sentenced... to time served. He will be deported to China.

The case is USA v. Wedd et al., 15-cr-616 (Torres)


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