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Spiegelman Cannot Go to Russia to Renounce US Citizenship, Fled Bronx Houseway House

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 28 – Daniel Spiegelman absconded from the Bronx Reentry Center half-way house -- on October 4, 2012, more than eight years ago. 

 On November 13 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John P. Cronan held a change of plea proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.  

Spiegelman said that back in 2012 he had a case of the tremors and left the halfway house to get medical attention. Then he never went back, instead moving to Brooklyn. He had multiple aliases.  

Now he had a Pimintel letter and awaited sentencing, on February 19, 2021. Judge Cronan said he hoped it would be in person.

  It was not. But Inner City Press covered it - and dug into it. While the 1999 SDNY case against Speigelman is not a live link in PACER, there's this: "In the spring of 1994, Daniel Spiegelman shinnied up an abandoned book lift in Columbia University's Butler Library, dismantled a wall, stole books."

 On February 19 Spiegelman was sentenced to a year and a day and then three years of supervised release.

It was on that supervised release that Spiegelman sought to leave the US to renounce his citizenship. On July 28, 2023, this was denied: "ORDER as to Daniel Spiegelman is presently serving concurrent five-year and three-year terms of supervised release, the first of which was imposed in No. 10 Cr. 339, following his plea of guilty to three counts of bank fraud, identity theft, and possession of false identification documents. As a condition of each term of supervised release, Mr. Kikabidze must remain within the judicial district of his residencein this case, the Southern District of New York absent permission from the Court or from his probation officer to leave it. Therefore, Mr. Kikabidze's request to modify the conditions of his supervised release imposed in No. 10 Cr. 339 and No. 20 Cr. 609 to allow his travel to Russia to relinquish his United States citizenship is denied. The parties shall appear for a status conference on August 16, 2023."

The case is US v. Spiegelman,  20-cr-603 (Cronan)


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