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In SDNY Magistrates Court Third Defendant Who Racked Up Phones in Kentucky Bailed For $75000

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 24 – While many even most cases in the Magistrates Court of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York are sealed or have no case number given, on July 24 before Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron, things were a bit clearer as the third presentment in a three defendant complaint took place.

On July 23 the first two defendants in the case case were presented, one after the other, and each bailed on $75,000 bond with two co-signers. The case number (19-mj-6743), unlike the recent USA v. Perlson plea before SDNY Judge Crotty, was available on PACER. The defendants, Aaron Paul Hudgins (with a Federal Defender) and Jalen Dominguez (with a CJA who was briefing what looked to be students in the gallery) allegedly ordered cell phones using other people's accounts and some counterfeit IDs, picking them up in Tennessee and Kentucky. Both have preliminary hearings set for August 22.

  Cordial Judge Aaron wrapped up the day's presentations before 6 pm, when another group of alleged conspirators, this time for GSE bond sales, came down from Judge Rakoff's. Inner City Press story here. On July 24, the third mid-South cell phone defendant was presented, after turning himself in at 1:30 pm. He's Armando Barbier, and he got the same $75,000 bond conditions as his co-defendants, with whom he is not supposed to speak without the presence of counsel. He has CJA Kenneth Paul, who was represented by Jacob Mitchell filling in. It was all done before 5 pm. We'll have more on both cases.

On July 22 more typically, a defendant referred to only as "Ms. Grandison" (phonetic) was released on a $20,000 bond on charges of access devise fraud and aggravated identity theft. A request for more on this presentment, including case number and spelling of name, is pending.

Back on July 17 in a case that, hours after the defendants were ordered released on bail remained listed as "sealed," Munif Ahmed stands accused of conspiracy to distribute large quantities of drugs from China and with telling the now cooperating witness, "Don't f*ck with me."

The government argued that Ahmed is a risk to flee to Yemen; his Criminal Justice Act lawyer said no, blood clots in his legs prevent him from flying. Then there was the matter of where Mr. Ahmed lives - on Anderson Avenue in the Bronx with his uncle or in the store on West 168th Street which he lists on his ID. This was ascribed to not having an interpreter during the interview with pre trial services.

Ahmed was ordered released on a $250,000 bond with $30,000 in cash or property. His co-defendant who called "Mr Lazzaro" before turning himself in must put up $40,000 cash. He drive Uber; Inner City Press predicts he or Mr. Lazzaro or his associate will move to relax the conditions of release to extend beyond the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Watch this site.  

On July 15 there was a more visceral mystery. Between two presentments and bond hearings no fewer than 10 NYC Emergency Medical Services paramedics rushed into the Mag Court cell block. Then emerged with a man on a gurney, followed by a US Marshal with shackles, on their way to "Downtown," the NY Downtown Hospital at 100 William Street. Better there than the MCC, someone said.



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