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Indicted PPP Fraudster Ray Got Feb 13 Trial Date in SDNY Then Pled US Wants 204 Months

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 15 – Franklin Ray and Joseph Winget are charged with more than $1 million Paycheck Protection Program fraud through their trucking company, CSA Business Solutions LLC.   

On May 18, 2022 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Analisa Torres held a conference. Inner City Press covered it.   

 The complaint details the use of falsified forms.

On May 18 after a discussion of documents seized from Ray's home, Judge Torres set an "aspirational" trial date of February 13, 2023, and a next status conference for July 27. 

 On May 19, the US filed a request for an order authorizing the disclosure of tax information for discovery under 26 USC 6103(i)(4)(A)(i)-(ii), (D).

On March 28, 2023 Ray pled guilty today to four counts of wire fraud, including one count of wire fraud while released under conditions of bail, and one count of aggravated identity theft in connection with various fraud schemes relating to his operation of a trucking business known as CSA Business Solutions LLC and another Michigan-based trucking company.  RAY, who was previously convicted of wire fraud and bank fraud in the Eastern District of Michigan and was released from prison in 2010, pled guilty before United States District Judge Analisa Torres

On November 14, the US Attorney's Office asked for a sentence of 204 months, saying it "recognizes it is seeking a lengthy sentence."

The case is US v. Ray et al., 22-cr-228 (Torres) 


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