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In OneCoin Case Greenwood Talks Pre Trial Resolution So Next Date Oct 5

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Aug 7 -- 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.

  Meanwhile Sebastian Greenwood has a pre-trial conference on August 7. Inner City Press, as it did the Scott trial, live tweeted it here:

Judge Ramos: Please call the case.

Deputy: US v. Greenwood.

Bruce Barket for Mr. Greenwood who is also on the line.

Judge Ramos: Mr. Greenwood, you have a right to be present in court. Do you waive it?

Greenwood: I do.

 Judge Ramos: Mr Folly, tell me where we are?

AUSA Folly: There has been some turn over, the defendant has retained new counsel several times. Mr. Barket has only had a couple of months of the case at this point. We have produced a sub-set of discovery to him.

 AUSA Folly: We have had some discussions about a pre-trial disposition. But given the difficulties of prison visits, they have been unable to fully discuss their option. He is evaluating whether to move to trial, or move toward with pre-trial resolution.

 AUSA Folly: At this stage it would make sense to hold off on setting any deadline and to come back in a month or two and revisit the status and proceed from there.

Barket for Greenwood: I agree. Our communications with our client has been woefully inadequate.

 Barket: This week we got 180 minutes over two days. But usually it's just an hour every ten days. If we could visit, we would spend hours every day, I could get up to speed. A $15 billion alleged international crypto-currency, with a lot of information on the Internet

 Barket: He is one of the key participants in the fraud, if it is a fraud. We need to speak with him. Video conferences take 10 days to set up. It's been this way since May.

Judge Ramos: Where is he being held?

Barket: In the MCC in Manhattan.

 Judge Ramos: I appreciate the obstacles. The Bureau of Prisons efforts have maintained a level of safety. [Judge Ramos heard a case about conditions in the MCC, brought as it happened by Mark Scott's lawyer Arlo Devlin Brown]
Judge Ramos: Let's come back in October.

 Deputy: October 5 at 11 am.

Judge Ramos: In the meantime, have you received all of the discovery, Mr. Barket?

Barket: I got the entire file from prior counsel and some additional discovery from the government. AUSA Folly: We haven't given all of it.

AUSA Folly: We haven't given all of the discovery due to discussions of a pre-trial disposition. We've shown him his own emails to show him his knowledge and involvement from the very beginning of this fraud scheme.

Barket: We've not gotten very far...

 Judge Ramos: I would encourage the parties discuss what has not been turned over. Anything else today?

AUSA Folly: Let's exclude Speedy Trial Act time until October 5 to allow discussion of a pre-trial disposition.

Ramos: Granted, this outweighs the interest of the public and of the defendant in a Speedy Trial. We are adjourned.

 Inner City Press aims to cover  this - and the long delayed sentencing of Gilbert Armenta on October 21. Watch this site, and Twitter feed here.

  Also now in  August 2020 a question has arisen: where is Konstantin Ignatov? After his sentencing was published back four months from July 8, as Inner City Press reported, now his lawyer in a filing in the civil case Grablis v. Onecoin Ltd has asked for an extension stating "Mr. Ignatov is presently incarcerated." Photo here, full endorsed letter on Patreon here.

 But the U.S. Bureau of Prisons website, for the one Konstantin Ignatov in the system, says "Released On: 03/13/2020." Photo here. Even when cooperators are in the private GEO jail the BOP uses, they are listed as incarcerated. So where is Konstantin Ignatov? And what does the US Attorney's Office, and Judge Ramos, know about it? Watch this site.

  On April 7, Konstantin Ignatov's sentencing was adjourned, to July 8. But on July 7 past 3 pm, at least in the public docket, there were no sentencing letters.

  And when Inner City Press at 3 pm checked the July 8 calendar, at 10 am Judge Ramos had another case, for Isaiah Figueroa, on violation of supervised released - NOT Konstantin Ignatov.

 And after 5 pm, the US Attorney's Office filed this: "Re: 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 July 8, 2020, at 10:00 AM. Because the defendant’s cooperation is not yet complete, the Government respectfully requests that the sentencing control date be adjourned for approximately four months. The defense consents to this application."

  So when will the sentencing actually be? And what about notifying victims?

On July 6 in another (insider trading) case, Inner City Press published an unredacted copy of a sentencing submission which revealed the sweet deal the SDNY prosecutors had given one John Dodelande, story here, photos here. Inner City Press is monitoring the docket(s). Watch this site.

  (Second comparative note: in Singapore, they move more quickly -- Fok Fook Seng was charged in April 2020, with Lim Yoong Fok, and now fined $72,000. What will Konstantin Ignatov's deal and sentence be?)

   Sebastian Greenwood has now been charged, see below. But his court date was pushed back, Inner City Press first 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 (Signed by Judge Edgardo Ramos on 6/5/2020)."

  Now it's pushed back into August: "MEMO ENDORSEMENT as to Karl Sebastian Greenwood (5) on [293] LETTER MOTION addressed to Judge Edgardo Ramos from Bruce Barket dated June 17, 2020 re: Request to adjourn conference. ENDORSEMENT: The June 24 pretrial conference is adjourned to August 5, 2020, at 9:00 AM. (Signed by Judge Edgardo Ramos on 6/19/2020) (ap)." And then it was moved to August 7.

 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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