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In OneCoin Criminal Case Pike Wants 90 More Days Beyond Greenwood Court Date of June 24

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 11 -- For money laundering for scam crypto currency OneCoin, lawyer Mark Scott was convicted by a jury after testimony by Konstantin Ignatov and others but was allowed to remain free on bail pending sentencing. Sebastian Greenwood has now been charged, see below.

   Now a co-defendant who had a change of plea control date set of June 24 is seek to extend it yet another 90 days, citing COVID-19. Photo here.

Inner City Press reported: "ORDER as to Karl Sebastian Greenwood: The conference scheduled for June 3, 2020, is hereby RESCHEDULED to occur as a videoconference using the CourtCall platform on June 24, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. A subsequent scheduling order with access information for the press and public will be issued on June 19, 2020. With consent, speedy trial time is excluded from June 3, 2020, until June 24, 2020, in the interest of justice. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Edgardo Ramos on 6/5/2020)."

   On May 28 Greenwood hired a lawyer: "NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Bruce A. Barket appearing for Karl Sebastian Greenwood. Appearance Type: Retained. (Barket, Bruce)." Barket has been described as a pro-life lawyer.

 Meanwhile, the DOJ which when Inner City Press submitting a formal FOIA request for the US Attorney's Office's trial exhibits denied expedited treatment - that was in 2019 - still has not provided any documents. Inner City Press will have more on this.

 In the civil case, which many reported was on the verge of being dismissed, on April 27 even the defendants agreed on the need for a May 1 teleconference.

 On May 1, the stay of the case was lifted; "No later than May 8, 2020, the parties must jointly submit a proposed schedule for Defendants to answer, move to dismiss, or otherwise respond to the Amended Complaint."

Now on May 8, this: "Re: Grablis v. OneCoin Ltd. et al., No. 1:19-cv-4074 (VEC) Dear Judge Caproni:  This firm represents defendant Mark Scott in the above-captioned action. We write, together with counsel for Defendants Konstantin Ignatov, David Pike, and Nicole J. Huesmann (collectively, “Defendants”), and with counsel for Plaintiffs Donald Berdeaux and Christine Grablis (“Plaintiffs” and, together with Defendants, the “Parties”), in accordance with the Court’s May 1, 2020 Order (ECF No. 102), to propose a briefing schedule for Defendants’ anticipated motions to dismiss the Amended Complaint in the above-referenced action.  The Parties jointly propose the following schedule: Defendants’ deadline to answer or move is Thursday, June 25, 2020. Plaintiffs’ opposition papers are due by Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Defendants’ replies, if any, must be filed by Wednesday, September 2, 2020."

 Soon after, endorsed: "MEMO ENDORSEMENT on re: [103] Letter filed by Mark Scott. ENDORSEMENT: The parties' proposed briefing schedule is ADOPTED. SO ORDERED. Nicole J. Huesmann answer due 6/25/2020; Konstantin Ignatov answer due 6/25/2020; David Pike answer due 6/25/2020; Mark Scott answer due 6/25/2020. (Motions due by 6/25/2020., Responses due by 8/12/2020, Replies due by 9/2/2020.) (Signed by Judge Valerie E. Caproni on 5/8/2020)." The case is Grablis v. OneCoin Ltd. et al.,19-cv-4074 (Caproni).

  On April 25 Inner City Press reported based on Florida sources and files that Scott has shifted from CCC Natural Ventures MA Holdings, LLC, with Nicole J. Huessmann to Venoma Group LLP, with Larysa Kavaleva and Lidia V. Scott (Kolesnikova). David Pike, also indicted, is off. Inner City Press will have more on this.

 On April 6 the US Attorney's Office has asked to push back the sentencing control date for Konstantin Ignatov, saying that "his cooperation is not yet complete." Inner City Press that same day in writing asked, is that Sebastian Greenwood?

 And now on April 10, just made public, this letter from the US Attorney's Office: "Re: United States v. Karl Sebastian Greenwood, S5 17 Cr. 630 (ER) Dear Judge Ramos: The Government submits this letter to respectfully request an adjournment of the pretrial conference scheduled in the above-captioned case on April 3, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. The Government recently provided additional discovery materials to the defendant. Counsel for the defendant, Anthony Strazza, Esq., has indicated that the defendant requires additional time to review those materials and to engage in any appropriate discussions with the Government regarding a potential resolution of this matter. Accordingly, the parties jointly request an adjournment of approximately 60 days."

  To which Judge Ramos ruled on April 6, but withheld from the docket until April 10: "The April 3 pretrial conference is hereby adjourned to June 3, 2020, at 10:00 AM. Speedy trial time is excluded from today, April 3, 2020, to June 3, 2020, in the interest of justice. The Clerk of the Court is respectfully directed to unseal the S5 Indictment, S5 17-cr-630 (ER). SO ORDERED. 4/6/2020." More on Patreon here.

 Inner City Press will remain on this. From the Konstantin Ignatov letter: "United States v. Konstantin Ignatov, S7 17 Cr. 630 (ER) Dear Judge Ramos: A sentencing control date is presently set in the above-captioned case for April 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Because the defendant’s cooperation is not yet complete, the Government respectfully requests that the sentencing date be adjourned for approximately three months."

  And now on April 7, Judge Ramos has set Konstantin Ignatov's sentencing for July 8, 2020 at 10 am, photo here. Inner City Press will be there.

  Inner City Press which covered the trial including Konstantin Ignatov's testimony then on December 6, 2019 reported from its South Florida sources that despite ostensibly being on home incarceration Scott was "living the high life in Florida including being spotted out to dinner with body guards... Meanwhile Gilbert Armenta, fellow money launderer, is out and registering even more companies, the same as he did for his OneCoin money laundering bank in Georgia" - the country, not the US state. 

  On March 30 Mark Scott, after being briefing detained, was released on bond again security by his Coral Gables apartment; under a now standard condition he is required to get an iPhone for remove supervision.

 And on March 13, Konstantin Ignatov was released from Federal prison. Photo here. Notable is that even his sentencing proceeding was not announced on PACER, unlike other cooperators who get time served, such as on March 13 cooperator Ceruti, Inner City Press story here.

  So who decides which cooperators' sentencings are announced, and which are hidden? Rapper Tekashi #6ix9ine / Daniel Hernandez' sentencing before SDNY Judge Paul A. Engelmayer was announced, and Inner City Press live tweeted it. Konstantin Ignatov's happened in secret. Who does this benefit? And why does the US Attorney's Office Press Office not answer basic questions, or provide exhibits even when ordered (albeit orally) by a Judge, here Judge Engelmayer? We'll have more on this.

 In a parallel world on March 12 the US Attorney's Office belatedly moved to revoke Scott's bail, citing Scott's continue use of OneCoin derived funds and, explicitly, Inner City Press' "blog post" about Scott dining out in Florida while on home incarceration. 

 Assistant US Attorney Chris Demase said they have first read out it in the blog post and couldn't believe it - but that it was proved by GPS information from Scott's location monitoring ankle bracelet.  

  Mark Scott's Florida based lawyer David M. Garvin sputtered over the telephone from Florida, with Scott next to him, that the dinner had involved lawyers. He tried to explain Scott's use of OneCoin funds. But Scott was ordered to turn himself in to the US Bureau of Prisons on March 13. And on that day, Konstantin Ignatov was released. Strange symmetry.

Another of his lawyers, when Inner City Press left the courtroom, was arranging to pay for a transcript, perhaps to appeal. Inner City Press on March 13 asked the US Attorney's Office Press Office for its filings not yet in the public docket.  Here is Inner City Press' Periscope video upon leaving the courthouse. The case is US v. Scott, 17-cr-630 (Ramos). 


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