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Tax Prep Staffer Charged With Money Laundering Is Freed as Bank Disclosure Denied

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 19  – A woman charged with money laundering the proceeds of wire fraud was presented and had a bond hearing on March 19 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Gary Stein. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the SDNY Mag Court.

  The wire fraud was crude: calling people and telling them their phone service or utilities were about to be cut off, unless then sent money. But the woman, it emerged, works in a tax preparation business, and apparently will continue to. 

 The Assistant US Attorney asked that she be ordered to provide information about her bank accounts to Pre Trial Services.

Judge Stein said this went too far, and might become moot (presumably if the bank or banks find out about the charges and close the accounts).

 The woman was freed on bond and ordered not to speak with her co-defendant without counsel present.

 The case is US v. Zapata, et al., 24-mj-1017 (Stein)


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