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Another SDNY Sealed Proceeding For Money Laundering in Miami Diaz in MCC Until Friday

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 25 -- Amid the Coronavirus crisis in a sealed proceeding on March 25 a defendant referred to as Mr. Diaz was presented on charges of money laundering in Miami before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave.

 Judge Cave earlier in the afternoon had ordered Inner City Press out of the Magistrates Courtroom on the motion of the US Attorney's Office.

  Now Assistant US Attorney Thomas S. Burnett told Judge Cave that he had an ex parte application, and that this proceeding should be sealed and not docketed. Without any written presentation viewable by the Press or public, the applications were all granted.

 The US is favoring the release of Mr. Diaz, but since he is from Costa Rica (it sounded like), they need to find a place for him to go. So he will go to the MCC until Friday - hardly the place for a cooperator.

  AUSA Burnett also said he had an ex parte application to disqualify Federal Defenders as conflicted. He said that there were three others presented on money laundering in Miami charges, once represented by FD, and that Diaz used the same company.
  So how hard is this, to triangulate? What is the basis of this sealing and secrecy? Judge Cave asked for nothing more than an update, probably also confidential, in six months. How many cases / defendants / cooperators like this are there?  Watch this site.

Juan Marcos Matos Ruiz was presented not in person but by video on charges of money laundering Brazil bribes,

 Judge Cave, an interpreter, Assistant US Attorney Benet J. Kearney and Inner City Press were all in SDNY Courtroom 24B, the new Magistrates Court complete with social distancing and a big bottle of Purell hand sanitizer.  

 But Juan Marcos Matos Ruiz was in Florida, were he was ordered to not be employed by his Matos LCC and to have no contact with Premier X and Premier RX.

    In the complaint he is described as taking a 15% commission on all laundered funds. The case is US v. Chocron, et al., 20-mj-2246 (Cave).


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