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Booth For Thai Stock Boiler Room Got 10 Years Now James White Gets 54 Months in Prison

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 2 – Robert Booth was on trial for securities fraud, specifically for his role in an indicted boiler room conspiracy involving Thailand, Cyprus and elsewhere.         

    On April 18, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Jed S. Rakoff presided over the first day of Booth's trial. Inner City Press was there - as it is for the related case of James White in 2023, see below.

A witness with a heavy Australian accent described speaking by phone with, and investing with, a John Summers and a Robert Miller.

He acknowledged on cross examination he had never seen, or to his knowledge spoken with, the defendant Robert Booth, a/k/a Trevor Nicholas, sitting in the courtroom.  

Booth's lawyer inquired into the witnesses recent discussion with the prosecutors, and if the US Attorney's Office hadn't been more interested in Robert Miller than Robert Booth. This gave rise to an objection, which was sustained.

On April 19, the Assistant US Attorney conducted direct examination of the HSI Special Agent who arrested Booth at JFK airport on August 26, 2021 and seized his phone and IDs.

On cross examination, Booth's lawyer got the agent to admit the phone and papers had been on the table in front of Booth. But Booth told the agent that they were his, and the agent said no one else could access the secure interview booth. Move on, Judge Rakoff said. He kept it moving.

On April 20 in court, another agent testified about Cellebrite Premium, saying it is $1000 a search and his agency now has 25 machines.

  On April 21, the first of two cooperating witnesses testified. The second, Jerome Austin, did not appear in Magistrates Court where Inner City Press awaited to cover his plea. Rather, he went before the Part I Judge J. Paul Oetken and was released on $50,000 bond with an August 23 sentencing before Judge Rakoff. He will testify on Monday, April 25.

  Judge Rakoff said closing arguments could begin on the afternoon of Tuesday April 26; he noted that he would sit by designation on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, April 27.

He did hear cases there that day - and this: "ROBERT LENARD BOOTH, a/k/a “Trevor Nicholas,” was found guilty on all counts of a three-count Indictment."

On August 11, he got ten years: "ROBERT LENARD BOOTH, a/k/a “Trevor Nicholas,” was sentenced to ten years in prison for defrauding investors of almost $2 million and laundering the proceeds as part of an international boiler room scheme.  Back in April, a jury convicted BOOTH of conspiracies to commit securities fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.  U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff imposed the sentence in Manhattan federal court."

  In January 2023, in the same charged conspiracy, James White was questioned then arrested in George Bush International Airport in Houston after flying from Thailand. Now he seek to suppress his statements to HSI there.

Jump cut to May 2, 2024 when White got 54 months: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Jed S. Rakoff: Sentencing held on 5/2/2024 for James White (1) Count 1s,2s. Present were AUSAs Andrew Jones and Jane Chong, defendant White with counsel Andrew Patel and Joshua Dratel, and a court reporter. Defendant sentenced to 54 months imprisonment: 30 months on Count 1 and 24 months on Count 2 consecutively, followed by 3 years of supervised release: 3 years on Count 1 and 1 year on Count 2, concurrently. Surrender date Tuesday June 25, 2024 at 2 pm."

The first case is US v. Booth, et al., 21-cr-652 (Rakoff).

White's case is US v. White, 23-cr-40 (Rakoff)


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