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In Pure Armenian Blood Case Albert Marutyan Got 51 Months Now Yerkaryan Gets 366 Days

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 3 – Members of Pure Armenian Blood were charged with racketeering, identity theft and access device fraud.   

 On January 21, 2022 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Victor Marrero held a status conference. Inner City Press covered it.  

The complaint describes a luxury auto body shop in New Jersey, and Ghost Auto & Towing, Inc.

A lawyer initially appointed to represent has since bowed out to another who has entered a notice of appearance. 

On May 20, 2022 Judge Marrero held another conference, and Inner City Press again covered it. Judge Marrero told counsel that motions to sever are rarely granted, and denied a motion about the grand jury wheel. As to other motions, he asked for a letter by September 16, with an eye toward a trial in the Spring of 2023.

Jump cut to May 30, 2023, when Albert Marutyn appeared in the SDNY Magistrate, which Inner City Press covers daily, and pled guilty to count 1. Earlier in the month, a co-defendant sought and got the right to seal portions of his sentencing submission.

On June 2, 2023, co-defendant Vahe Hovhannisyan who pled guilty to Count 1 was sentenced to 364 days in prison followed by three years of supervised release, the first 12 months of which must "be served in a community reentry program on consecutive days."

On June 12, again in the SDNY Magistrates Court this time before Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang, Narek Mayutyan pled guilty to Count One.

On December 29, 2023, counsel to Albert Marutyan wrote in, noting "an additional point variance [downward] due to the fact that there was a global disposition involving all the defendants." He asked for 45 months.

On January 5, Albert Marutyan was sentenced to 51 months in prison, then three years supervised release, as well as restitution of $2.9 million.

On February 28 co-defendant Davit Yeghoyan's lawyer submitted a request for a sentence reduction - a request that is mostly redacted, other than a mention of earning $150 to $600 weekly playing on Twitch.

On March 9 co-defendant Paul Mouradian asked for a non-incarceratory sentence, recounting that he was born in Iran (he got asylum in the US) and that his brother lives in Armenia and works construction.

On March 11, the US Attorney's Office wrote in asking for at least 15 months, while acknowledging that Probation recommends a year and a day (which would allow for so-called "good time"). He got ten: while the leader got 6 years: NAREK MARUTYAN and SARO MOURADIAN, a/k/a “Paul Mouradian,” were sentenced today to six years and 10 months in prison, respectively.

On May 3, co-defendant Zaven Yerkaryan was sentenced to a year and a day, to allow for so-called "good time" credit.

The case is US v. Marutyan, 20-cr-652 (Marrero)


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