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Florida Man Arrested For Fraud in Westin Hotel Now Moves to Suppress His Personal Emails

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 25 – Andrew Franzone was arrested for fraudulently inducing victims to purchase limited partnership interests in an investment fund by means of misrepresentations and omission. But, with retained counsel, he is seeking to suppress.          

On September 12, 2022, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Vernon S. Broderick held an in-person suppression hearing. Inner City Press went and covered it. 

   Franzone was arrested, then later the room was searched. Afterward Judge Broderick ordered the government to submit an affidavit listing the investigative steps taken between Franzone's arrest on April 22, 2021 and the request for the second search warrant on May 21, 2021, and on communications with the Westin Hotel.

The affidavit(s) are due by September 30, with Franzone's counsel to submit a supplemental brief by October 7.

On November 16, Franzone's counsel submitted a half-redacted letter seeking to be relieved as counsel, referring before and after the redactions to Franzone's representation in "the civil matters."

On November 18, Judge Broderick ordered: "ORDER granting [62] LETTER MOTION re: [62] LETTER MOTION addressed to Judge Vernon S. Broderick from Joseph R. Corozzo and Angela D. Lipsman dated 11/16/22 re: Permission to Be Relieved As Counsel as to Andrew Franzone. Deborah Coleson is appointed as Mr. Franzones counsel for the limited purpose of resolving issues related to his CJA application.. (Signed by Judge Vernon S. Broderick on 11/18/2022)."

On May 25, 2023, Franzone's new counsel filed a motion to suppress materials seized from Franzone's Gmail account, arguing that the warrant application contained material misstatements made in reckless disregard for the truth.

The case is US v. Franzone, 21-cr-446 (Broderick)


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