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Mass Arrests and Release in COVID Loan Scheme Now Has Boyle Getting Probation

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SDNY MAG COURT EXCLUSIVE, March 20 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on November 30,  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 Jpresented 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

Jump cut to March 12, 2024, when on Brandon Boyle the US Attorney's Office asked for two years probation. It noted he spent the money on FanDuel, but also that he had not stolen as much as others. They want one year home detention on March 20 at 11:30 am.

And at the that, Boyle in fact got probation - and $20,415 restitution he has to pay. No prison.

The case is US v. Boyle, 23-cr-202 (Koeltl)



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