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Man Who Used Bitcoin to Steal iPhones Gets COVID in MCC So Xmas Eve Release Request

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 24 – Joel Pena pled guilty to identity theft in a conspiracy involving buying personal identifying information over the Dark Web with Bitcoin then using the information get get iPhones and resell them in The Bronx.   He was sentenced to 24 months in prison.

Now, he has contracted COVID-19 is and asking U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Ronny Abrams to grant him compassionate release. 

 In a letter filed on Christmas Eve, Pena's once and again CJA lawyer William J. Stampur tells Judge Abrams that "two weeks ago, Mr. Pena tested positive for COVID-19... he was removed from his unit to a 'quarantine unit' with other inmates who supposedly were infected. On December 21, the last time counsel had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Pena, he was once again in quarantine in another 'quarantine unit' without a functioning toilet." 

 The case is US v. Pena, 18-cr-640 (Abrams)


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