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Woman Charged With Fake Vaccine Cards Now Pleads Guilty So Sentencing Sept 13

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 24 – A woman charged with selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards told a Federal judge on June 16, 2023 that her lawyer Todd Spodek, who previously represented Anna Sorokin, was good but "I can't afford him." Inner City Press was there. 

 The complaint said the defendant Danielle Siegel also used the name Danielle Cohen.

She told fake CDC vaccination cards for cash; a college did not accept her work, saying it did not correspond to the NYS vaccine database.  

U.S. District Court of for the Southern District of New York District Judge Lewis J. Liman told the defendant that she has a right to a publicly-paid lawyer, but not the lawyer of her choice.

She said she understood, and a break was taken for her to fill out the CJA-23 financial affidavit. Counsel was replaced, and "The Status Conference previously set for July 11, 2023 is rescheduled to August."

 On August 9 the trial was set: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Lewis J. Liman: Status Conference as to Danielle Siegel held on 8/9/2023. Defendant, Danielle Siegel (on bail) present (by telephone) with CJA counsel Michael Hueston. AUSA Madison Smyser present. Court reporter present. Defense counsel consents to proceed with defendant Danielle Siegel appearing remotely by telephone and waives her right to a physical appearance. Trial expected to last 1-2 weeks. Defendant to be prepared to address motions at next conference. Next Status Conference set for September 27, 2023 at 2:00PM in Courtroom 15C before Judge Lewis J. Liman. Jury Trial set for June 17, 2024."

Siegal moved to suppress the search of garbage outside her residence in Flushing, Queens - and submitted the lists of items taken. On December 29, her lawyer corrected the address of the residence.

On January 4, 2024 Judge Liman ordered an evidentiary hearing with one or two agents: "ORDER as to Danielle Siegel. The Court will hold an evidentiary hearing on Defendant's motion to suppress, Dkt. No. 31, on January 24, 2024."

On January 16 the hearing was pushed back.

On April 24, days before the hearing, the parties wrote in that Siegel has signed a plea agreement. It sets for a Guideline sentence of six to 12 months in prison and a fine range of $4000 to $40,000.

On May 30, Siegel actually pled guilty: "Change of Plea Hearing as to Danielle Siegel held on 5/30/2024. Plea entered by Danielle Siegel (1) Guilty as to Count 1. Defendant sworn, withdraws previous plea of Not Guilty and enters a plea of Guilty to Count 1 of the Indictment. Court Exhibit #1 - Plea Agreement. Defendant's bail continued, conditions of release to remain as previously set pending sentencing. PSI ordered, interview must be held with defense counsel present. Presentence interview may be held remotely by telephone or video. Sentencing set for September 13, 2023."

  The case is US v. Siegel, 23-cr-207 (Liman)

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