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In SDNY Bottle Recycling Scam Curcio Hearing For Nasim Rakhamimov Whose Cousin Eldar Blamed Pepsi

By Matthew Russell Lee

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 2 – When Eldar Rakhamimov appeared for sentencing back on April 2 for inflating the number of Pepsi and Canada Dry bottles returned through his business in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York courtroom of Judge Ronnie Abrams, he had many of his employees and family members with him. His lawyer Tony Mirvis pointed them out, arguing that if not sentenced to jail he could pay back the $700,000 restitution faster. Judge Abrams went below the 37 to 46 month guideline sentence, to 15 months with two years of supervised released - the books of his recycling company will be open - and a $15,000 fine.

  On May 2, Eldar's cousin Nasim Rakhamimov appeared before Judge Abrams to change his lawyer to... Tony Mirvis. Since this could be a conflict of interest a so-called Curcio hearing was held. Mirvis had written to Abrams about scheduling, saying he would be out of the country. But on May 2 after a bit of Q&A, a Mr. Ruma was relieved and handed over the files. This bottling case continues.

 On May 1 a man who drove a truck for the scam for a total of nine days, making $1,350 dollars, came for sentencing by Judge Abrams. Defendant Kadirov also had supporters in the courtroom; his defense lawyer cited his wife and his work in construction and that he is a green card holder. Judge Abrams added from the PSR that he is the sole source of support for his parents back in Uzbekistan. She sentenced him to time served and unlike the recent sentencing of a church goer for defrauding Columbia University's Teachers College, there was on audible response. It's an Uzbek thing. Judge Abrams says, as she always does, that the defendant need not be defined by his worst decision. Here's hoping.


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