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On Insider Trading Charges Former FBI Trainee Markin Has Until Nov 10 To Propose Motions

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Oct 20 – Seth Markin was the subject of an insider trading press conference on July 25, 2022. Then for his presentment he got a taxpayer-funded lawyer, declaring himself eligible in a still-sealed CJA 23 financial affidavit.

  On July 25, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Sarah Netburn approved and sealed his Criminal Justice Act 23 affidavit. Inner City Press has previously gotten unsealed the CJA 23's of Michael Avenatti, and Honduras alleged narco trafficker Tigre Bonilla. But others' keep getting sealed.

On August 10, Markin ponied up and retained Maurice Sercarz, who previously represented among others horse drugging defendant Seth Fishman: "NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Maurice H. Sercarz appearing for Seth Markin. Appearance Type: Retained. (Sercarz, Maurice)."

On October 20, Judge Ramos held a proceeding and ruled, "Markin shall submit a letter advising the court whether or not he intends to file pretrial motions, and if so, provide a proposed briefing schedule by November 10, 2022. Curcio Hearing held as to Brandon Wong. Speedy trial time is excluded from today, October 20, 2022, until January 20, 2023, in the interests of justice. Defendants bail continued.

  Markin is free on a $200,000 bond, with a taxpayer funded lawyer. The prosecutors said:

  What kind of insider trader big enough for an SDNY press conference is, on the same day, declared eligible for publicly-paid counsel?

A first proceeding before Judge Ramos was set: "NOTICE OF HEARING as to Seth Markin, Brandon Wong. An initial conference will be held on August 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. before the Hon. Edgardo Ramos."

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 In early 2021, SETH MARKIN and BRANDON WONG together made more than $1.4 million dollars in illegal profits by trading in stock based on inside information that MARKIN misappropriated from his then-girlfriend, who was then an attorney at a major law firm in Washington D.C. assigned to work on the acquisition of Pandion Therapeutics (“Pandion”) by Merck & Co. (“Merck”).

The case is US v. Markin, et al., 22-cr-395 (Ramos)


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