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In SDNY Murky Mag Court Russian Charged With Money Laundering Does Not Want Russia Notified

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 2 – While many even most cases in the Magistrates Court of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York are sealed, on July 2 before Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses a defendant charged with with money laundering and wire fraud and referred to phonetically as "Podudnov" was brought in from the Central District of California and ordered detained. There was a lot of loud whispering between the defendent, his Russian interpreter and CJA lawyer - it was said he did not want the Russian consultate given notice about it. But it is required by treaty and the SDNY prosecutor said they have already notified Russia. We'll have more on this  - so far, requests to be informed of the case number and even proper name of this case have gone unfulfilled.

On July 1 some SDNY presentments had numbers: for example,   "KENNETH SIDERS    VOSR    12-cr-932."

 Inner City Press went to the Mag court and found a defendent in dread locks with a hard-working CJA lawyer, explaining how when he got out of jail he went to live in the apartment which included a man who had raped his girlfriend. The downward spiral left him, the Assistant US Attorney said, arrested in a park. He shook his head, it was on Madison Street just by the courthouse; he had been on his way to come meet his parole officer.

  Unlike bankers and alleged drug dealers, this Mr. Siders was not granted bond. He remains in detention.

Another VOSR: "DANTE PLUMMER    VOSR    15-cr-95."

 Inner City Press went to the Mag Court and found that this defendant, young looking, wanted to be bailed out to his mother, who works at a nursing home in Greenwich, Connecticut. While out on supervised release he was found in New Jersey, the prosecutors said, with marijuana and felons, and charged with a crime called "criminal simulation."  He was bailed out, witt Judge Moses telling him that a third chance will likely not be

For another example, "CATALIVO LOPEZ    NARCOTICS    18-cr-219."

  Inner City Press went to the Mag court and found that this defendant was arrested in Massachusetts, while living openly in Providence, Rhode Island, on an indictment that had been sealed. So how, exactly, was he a fugitive, if the indictment against him was sealed? The government said he once gave an address in a traffic stop at which, some unspecified time later, he was not found at. This Assistant US Attorney, filling in for others but not given the information, was not done any favors. He handled it with good humor.

Meanwhile three more grand jury indictments were signed off on by Judge Moses: US v Carroll, assigned to Judge Vernon Broderick, and US v. Minaya, Assigned to Chief Judge McMahon via Wheel A. The third grand jury indictment, which involved warrants, was declared fully sealed. Inner City Press will have more on this, the sealing of warrant information by SDNY even later in cases.




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