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In SDNY Uber Rip Off Case Louis Pina Got 39 Months Then Release Now Revocation Hearing

By Matthew Russell Lee, Periscope video

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 29– When Louis Pina came to be sentenced for his role in a scheme that defrauded and stole from drivers for Uber and Lyft in The Bronx on May 6, 2019, the government had in its sentencing submission asked for a sentence within the 61 to 70 month guidelines.

 Inner City Press covered the sentencing, before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge, Jed Rakoff.

  Judge Rakoff, in between a SIM card intellectual property case and a conference in another business case sentence Pina to 39 months. Pina's lawyer asked that  Pina be recommended for the Residential Drug Abuse Program but Judge Rakoff said it is so over subscribed he is not comfortable favoring this defendant over that one. Still Judge Rakoff did agree that a reference to sexual abuse in the Pre Sentencing Report should be cut out or redacted - the government's sentencing submission had redactions.

  On July 1, 2020, Judge Rakoff granted Louis Pina compassionate release.

   On December 29, Pina appeared before SDNY Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave on an alleged violation of supervised release. The US Attorney's Office urged that he be remanded to jail, pending a January 13 revocation hearing before Judge Rakoff.

 But Pina's lawyer, saying Pina had been diagnosed with COVID-19 on December 11, urged that he remain out.

  Judge Cave agreed, albeit ordering Pina to return to 500 Pearl Street for installation of a GPS monitoring "bracelet." He said, Thank you.

The case is USA v. Pina, et al., 18-cr-00179 (JSR).


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