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After Mass Arrests in COVID Loan Scheme by NYC Staff US Asks Probation for Phya Scott

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 21 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on November 30,  2022 detention or bond proceedings were held by Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn (and later Stewart D. Aaron) on defendants in a COVID loan fraud conspiracy case.

  Inner City Press was there, often the only media in the Mag Court. The complaint is on its DOcumentCloud, here.

 The first defendant presented was Rodney Smith. The US Attorney's Office agreed to release him on $100,000 unsecured bond; it was noted that his spouse is in Florida and he can share personally identifiable information with her but not others.

Presented with him was NYPD officer Denise Gant. She got lower bond of $50,000 and can speak with her NYPD co-defendants Zhane Ratcliff and Yolanda Ratcliffe. She disputed the pre-trial report about her pension, stock ownership (she says she owns no stocks, and paid $64,000 down for her apartment). Both both publicly funded lawyers.

Next up before Judge Netburn: Ebony Simon Phya Scott, Priscilla Jackson, Sharon Charles Yolanda Lawrence, Yolanda Ratcliff, and Zhane Ratcliff (NYPD)

Then up before Judge Aaron in the Magistrates Court: Brandon Boyle  Delilah Cummings  Vashawn Foreman  Trevor Gordon Dione Hall  Toni McCullough   Jarod Ottley  Ronette Short  Edwin Skepple  Walter Susswell

On September 5, 2023, Judge Edgardo Ramos followed the prosecutors recommendation and sentenced Delilah Cummings to two years probation with six months of home detention.

On September 29, 2023, before Chief Judge Laura Taylor Swain, Phya Scott pled guilty.

On March 20, the US Attorney's Office wrote in asking, on Phya Scott, for three years of probation, including six months of home detention.

Phya Scott's case is US v. Smith, et al, 23-cr-80 (Swain)

The other case is US v. Cummings, 23-cr-214 (Ramos)



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