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SDNY COURTHOUSE, August 5 – Kevin Dion Rolle, a citizen of the Bahamas, was arrested in Puerto Rico on charges related to a credit card "bust out" scheme under which using different names he ran up charges over $1.2 million. 

   On February 4, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Alison J. Nathan held a detention hearing, and Inner City Press covered it. 

 Rolle was described as living, prior to arrest and now detention in Essex County Correctional Facility, with his husband Mr. Stefon Hall in Manhattan, and traveling down to Florida to meet with his triplets from his now-deceased wife, brought up from the Bahamas by his mother.  

When Rolle was stopped and questioned on June 4, 2020 in the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport, he had a credit card in the name of his mother, Joan Marie Rolle, who had used Royal Bank of Canada account statements in support of the card.

Some $481,517 in charges were run up on the card.  

 Rolle's Criminal Justice Act lawyer on February 4 argued for release on $250,000 bond, and noted among other things that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons appeared not to be covered by the recent Due Process Protection Act and amendments to Rule 5(f).  

But the government's filing show in Rolle's search history, for example, "Jamaican diplomatic passport" and "fake passport Roosevelt avenue." 

  Judge Nathan ruled that Rolle is a flight risk and that no set of conditions could reasonably assure his appearance at trial.

Then in later April, this: "ORDER as to Kevin Dion Rolle, Jr. The Court received a letter from Mr. Rolle, which is being transmitted immediately to defense counsel and filed under seal. By 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, April 30, 2021, defense counsel shall indicate if he has any objection to the Court providing a copy of the letter to the Government. Among other matters raised in the letter, Mr. Rolle indicates that he wishes to represent himself."

And it's true. Docketed on August 5: "LETTER by Kevin Dion Rolle, Jr. addressed to Judge Alison J. Nathan dated July 9th, 2021 re: It has been relayed to me that my trial date was moved to the fourth quarter of 2021 and the Court requested confirmation from the defense and prosecution on the parties readiness to proceed to trial if an earlier date becomes available. As of writing, I can confirm that I am ready to proceed to trial immediately. As the Court is aware, it is my intention to proceed pro-se. In light of this, I am requesting the Court's intervention to facilitate the following" - then a list, from clothing to packed lunches to access to legal research such as requested from Judge Crotty by Josh Schulte. Watch this site.

Inner City Press will continue cover this case.

 It is US v. Rolle, Jr., 20-cr-594 (Nathan).


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