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iPhone Theft Conspiracy Trial Had Cooperator Selling Play-Dough as US Withholds Personalty

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 3 – Wilkin De Los Santos in charged in a conspiracy to false obtain iPhones for resale.  

 On June 22, 2022 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Analisa Torres presided over his trial. Inner City Press went and covered it.

   The witness was describing dozens of cell phones mailed from states ranging from Wyoming to Colorado. On the screen a spreadsheet of the phone transfers.

 There was been extensive pre-trial motion practice about the admission of business records.

On June 23, on the stand being cross examined was a cooperator who admitted, after signing his plea deal, to continuing to sell Play-Dough to look like new iPhones. He got a new cooperation deal on June 20 and was asked about it. There are crimes it does not cover.

On June 24, the defendant was found guilty and ordered to home confinement pending sentencing: "ORDER as to Wilkin De Los Santos: On June 24, 2022, Defendant was found guilty by a jury of Counts One, Two, and Three of the Indictment. Defendants bail is continued but is modified to include a condition of home detention with location monitoring. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Analisa Torres on 6/24/2022)."

On July 22, Judge Torres followed up: "ORDER as to (19-Cr-391-) Gerald Vasquez (1), Gary Bierd (2), Irvin Castillo (3), Daubriel Disla (4), Jose Vargas (6). At the sentencings for Defendants Vasquez, Bierd, Castillo, Disla, and Vargas, the Government represented that it would be providing the Court with additional information related to restitution by specific dates that have since passed. The Court has not received any further information related to restitution. Accordingly, by August 5, 2022, the Government shall provide the restitution information for Defendants. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Analisa Torres on 7/22/2022)"

On May 3, 2023, counsel for Gerald Vasquez in the case wrote to Judge Torres asking for a conference because, he said, despite the Court's order that the Government return his personalty taken at the time of arrest, despite many requests to the named AUSAs, it has not been done.

The case is US v. Wilkin De Los Santos, 19-cr-391 (Torres)  


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