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Of Duo Charged For Advance Fee Loan Fraud One Set to Plead June 17 as the 2d Still in Talks

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 15 – Yisroel Heber and Yechiel Meshi-Zahav were indicted, then arrested and arraigned on April 9 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lewis A. Kaplan. Inner City Press was there in the courtroom. 

 The prosecutors say the duo ran "an advance-fee loan fraud scheme through which they defrauded dozens of victims of at least approximately $2 million." In court they described unauthorized withdrawals from loan applicants' bank accounts. 

 Meshi-Zahav had retained counsel; Heber was represented for the day by the Federal Defender, who said he did not want to give his bank account information as it might violate his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

  Judge Kaplan said, Take time to talk with your client, the government can accommodate him.

The meaning was clear, and it was agreed the information will be given.

 The two were ordered released on their own signature for $100,000 personal recognizance bonds. Downstairs, they were led through the Magistrates Court to sign.

Jump cut to June 14, when the US Attorney's Office wrote it asking to adjourn the June 18 conference, saying Yisroel Heber is schedule to plead guilty before Magistrate Judge James M. Cott on June 17. And Yechiel Meshi-Zahav? The US says is it actively discussing a potential resolution with him but does not anticipate completing under after June 18.

 The case is US v. Heber, et al, 24-cr-188 (Kaplan)


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