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Man Charged with Fake Law Firm To Embezzle Architect Now Cites COVID So Video Offered

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Substack

SDNY COURTROOM Exclusive, Nov 13 – In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on March 2, 2023 bail or detention proceedings were held by Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein on a couple charged with setting up a fake law firm to embezzle over $90,000 from a Manhattan architectural firm.

The defendants are Matthew Blake Morrow-Wu with many aliases, and his husband Shangzehn Wu.

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  The Assistant US Attorney based his argument on risk of flight, emphasizing trips to China, and Morrow-Wu's rap sheet. His Federal Defender said that conditions for release could be crafted.

 Judge Gorenstein after a break had ordered Morrow-Wu detained, citing his previously violations of trust and absconding, but offered release to Shengzhen Wu if he can find two financial responsible people as co-signers on a $50,000 bond; $5000 cash must be put up, he ruled. He did not bar the spouses from communicating.

On June 7, 2023, Matthew Morrow-Wu's bail appeal was heard. His Federal Defender had put into the record a handwritten note to him, "Hey white boy, I like you and I hear your [sic] gay... I will approach you when the time is right."  Judge Hellerstein was amenable to release on bail - and asked that it be before the end of the day.

On November 13, 2023, Morrow-Wu's request to postpone a court date for COVID was denied: "ENDORSED LETTER as to (23-Cr-90-1) Matthew Morrow-Wu addressed to Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein dated November 13, 2023 re: I write to inform the Court that Matthew Morrow Wu tested positive this morning for Strep A and COVID-19 (test results attached as Exhibit A). He will be unable to attend the conference scheduled for Wednesday, November 15. I ask that the Court adjourn the conference specifically for Matthew Morrow Wu for at least two weeks to a date in early December when he can safely attend Court. I consent to the exclusion of time until the next status conference. ENDORSEMENT: Denied. Defense counsel shall appear. Def't Matthew Morrow Wu may appear, if he wishes, by audio or video link. If he so chooses, he should notify Chambers via email as soon as possible, and Chambers will send a link which Morrow Wu can use. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein on 11/13/2023)

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The case is US v. Morrow-Wu, et al., 23-cr-90 (Hellerstein)

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