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Eyewear Extortion Cooperator Voller of OpticsFast Gets 2 Years Probation After Borker

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 23 –  Michael Voller did business with, then cooperated against, eyeglasses fraudster Vitaly Borker of OpticsFast.

On November 23, Voller was use for sentencing before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul G. Gardephe. Inner City Press live tweeted it, here:

Borker -- and Voller -- induced people to send their glasses to Opticsfast for repairs, then demanded exorbitant fees for repairs or return. 

AUSA Mortazavi: There is some sensitivity with what I'm about to say - Voller and his family members are been threatened.  [Only today, in the docket, an Unsealing Order that guilty plea transcript be unsealed. But it is not yet in the docket] 

Judge Gardephe: Voller knew Borker since high school. Borker started OpticsFast after pleading guilty to fraud with another company, and transferred it to Voller while he was in prison. Borker took it back over in 2015, despite a prohibition. Voller helped him...

Judge Gardephe: Borker received 60% of profits, and Voller 40%. They used aliases. At least 200 complaints were filed with the BBB.  Voller was born in Odessa, Ukraine and emigrated to the US at age 2 with his family.

 Judge Gardephe: Around Thanksgiving 2018, a text seemingly from Borker to Voller's sister promised to do everything possible to put Voller in jail, "many tears, count on it."  [Borker got a 2 level upward adjustment for obstruction of justice]

 Judge Gardephe: Voller imposes little risk of recidivism. I intend to imposes a sentence of two years probation.

It could be terminated early. The case is US v. Voller, 17-cr-391 (Gardephe)


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