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On Money Laundering Charges Benzion Zirkind Put Up $100000 Bond Now Gets CJA Lawyer

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Aug 15 – Benzion Zirkind was arrested and released on money laundering charges on July 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He put up a $100,000 bond secured by a property at 1349 President Street in Brooklyn owned by a friend of the family. 

  SDNY Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses held a proceeding late on July 21, and Inner City Press covered it. 

  Benzion Zirkind unlike most defendants in the SDNY at that time had retained counsel, who announced that he had "four questions."    Judge Moses joked that those should be for the youngest child.

One of the questions was how the defendant should avoid speaking with co-defendants, if some of them are sealed. More, apparently, will be family members.  

 The President Street property is valued at over $2 million.

The next court date was before District Judge Denise L. Cote. She  ordered, "ORDER as to Benzion Zirkind: ORDERED that a conference is scheduled for Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10:00 am. in which Mr. Tamir, Mr. Myers, the defendant, and counsel for the Government all must participate. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Government shall provide Mr. Tamir with a copy of this Order. (Pretrial Conference set for 8/14/2020 at 10:00 AM before Judge Denise L. Cote)."

  And late on August 14, this: "ORDER as to Benzion Zirkind. For the reasons set forth at the conference held by telephone on August 14, 2020, it is hereby ORDERED the previously retained counsel Zaki Tamir is relieved and the appearance of retained counsel Matthew D. Myers is accepted. (Signed by Judge Denise L. Cote on 8/14/2020)."

The case is US v. Zirkind, 19-cr-463 (Cote / Moses)


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