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Zilberberg Bank Fraud Trial Set For July 10 with Niece Loan Nearly Excluded, New FDIC Docs

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell book

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 24 –   Mendel Zilberberg was indicted for bank fraud while he was a board member of Park Avenue Bank. His trial was to start on January 23, 2023. 

On January 11, 2023 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge George B. Daniels held an in-person final pre-trial conference.  Inner City Press went to cover it.   

But even as the next defendant, in a gun case, had his family setting up in the gallery, in the well of the courtroom Zilberberg's lawyer Ben Brafman was conferring with the prosecutors.

   When Judge Daniels took the bench, the parties asked for an adjournment, in light of 20,000 pages of FDIC documents just produced. No new trial date was agreed. Instead, a March 28 pre-trial conference was scheduled. 

 Judge Daniels asked about a related loan, to Zilberberg's niece.

 The prosecutor emphasized that she was a special education teacher, and did not have a business for the business loan. Judge Daniels said it might be cumulative, and/or prejudicial. 

 Brafman said the jury could be confused by the issue of taking advantage of a younger relative. Judge Daniels asked for a letter.

  When he got the letter, he set July 10, 2023 for the trial, and on January 23 excluded Speedy Trial Act time until then.

 This case is US v. Zilberberg, 19-cr-802 (Daniels)


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