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Guo Wengui aka Kwok Is Detained on Consent Accused of Fraud With Silvergate Account Cited

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 15 –  After a circus-like civil case involving Guo Wengui in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, which Inner City Press closely covered, here, March 15, 2023 saw the unsealing of a twelve-count Indictment charging

HO WAN KWOK, a/k/a “Miles Guo,” a/k/a “Miles Kwok,” a/k/a “Guo Wengui,” a/k/a “Brother Seven,” a/k/a “The Principal,” and KIN MING JE, a/k/a “William Je,” with various wire fraud, securities fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering charges.  JE, who is KWOK’s financier, is also charged with obstruction of justice.  

   The prosecutors said that "KWOK was arrested this morning in New York, New York, and will be presented this afternoon.  JE is currently at large." 

Not mentioned was another, related arrest on March 15, of Guo's chief of staff Yangping Wang, aka Yvette Wang. Inner City Press, lone media in the Magistrates Court, live tweeted her presentment when the prosecutors, seemingly hoping to flip her as a cooperator, offered release on $5 million bond, but only with two co-signers they approve.

  The complaint, signed under seal on March 10, remained under seal during the proceeding. Now it's on Patreon here. She will remain detained for now. Vlog here. Thread here.

 Minutes later, in a larger courtroom, Guo / Kwok was presented - with a Federal Defender for the day - and detained on consent. Inner City Press live tweeted, thread here:

OK - now the presentment of  Guo Wengui / Ho Wan Kwok, the US is seeking detention unlike his chief of staff Yanping Wang to whom it offered release on bond. Guo has a Federal Defender, strangely.

Judge Katharine H. Parker: You have the right to be represented by an attorney. If you cannot afford one, I will appoint one to represent you. You have been arrested on an indictment. I want to summarize the charges in a moment. But there is no financial affidavit

 Federal Defender: His retained counsel is out of the city, I am appearing only for today.

Judge Parker: OK, the indictment charges you Mr. Kwok with a conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud and money laundering from 2018 to March 2023

 Judge Parker: According to the indictment you purchased yachts and luxury properties. You made false statements on social media. You are charged with a $100 million wire transfer [Q: the one Yanping Wang was just charged with?]

Judge Parker mentions Kwok and Silvergate Bank - apparently, while his chief of staff Yanping Wang's lawyer says Santander and Bank of America closed her accounts, Silvergate and US Bank did not close Kwok's

 AUSA: US  seeks detention. And we understand they consent Federal Defender: Mr. Klein his retained lawyer will make an application later. We consent to detention. AUSA: We have made consular notification to China. [Inner City Press Q: And what was their reaction?]

 Judge Parker: Judge Torres has set a conference for April 4. We are adjourned.

[Note: chief of staff Yanping Wang does not have that court date - her's is still an unindicted Magistrates Court case, with a 30 day control date].

The case is US v. Kwok, et al., 23-cr-118 (Torres / Parker)


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