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Man Charged as Fake Billionaire Defrauding Business Pled Guilty Now Gets 102 Months

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SDNY MAG COURT FOLLOW UP, Nov 6 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, an arraignment was held by Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave on January 23, 2023 on a man charged with pretending to be a billionaire to defraud a business.

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The defendant Russell Dwayne Lewis arrived late in Mag Court, as apparently the wrong Lewis was identified by the New Jersey jail he's been in since his detention on November 23. That was under a complaint; now there's an information.

  The complaint described a victim who believed Lewis was worth $18 billion "and Lewis did not deny or correct the statement." He also "purported to be able to provide astrology readings" and to have "friends in the LAPD."

  Lewis waived indictment and pled not guilty.

  Jump cut to June 13, 2023 - Lewis, in Essex Count Department of Corrections yellow, pled guilty to counts 1, 3 and 4, with a guideline sentence of 87 to 102 months. He ascribed it to "a lapse in judgment," then added greedy.

On November 6, 2023, Lewis got 102 months: "RUSSELL DWAYNE LEWIS, a/k/a “Clifford Ari Getz,” a/k/a “Clifford Ari Getz Cohen,” a/k/a “Ari Getz,” a/k/a “Aryeh Getz,” was sentenced by U.S. District Chief Judge Laura Taylor Swain to 102 months in prison for defrauding multiple individuals out of millions of dollars over a period of years, using several aliases and stolen identities."

The case is US v. Lewis, 23-cr-32 (Swain / Cave)



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