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Billionaire UN Briber Ng Lap Seng Sued By Lawyer For Fees Now Trial Moved to Sept 19

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Podcast

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 8 – In the United Nations Francis Lorenzo used his position as UN Ambassador for the Dominican Republic to take and pay bribes for a Macau "UN South South Development Conference Center proposed by  Ng Lap Seng - who after prison time was granted release and returned to Macao, where on yet another crime he was charged.
  Ng is still being sued in the SDNY, by Hugh H. Mo, P.C., for unpaid legal fees. 

 Ng filed a motion that Mo "demanded a fixed fee of a total of $6 million ($1 million for the bail hearing, $2 million for pre-trial work and $3 million for trial and, if applicable, sentencing... the Mo firm outsourced all of the legal services."

 It is elsewhere reported that Mo, while at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, mentored a young Sonia Sotomayor. In her memoir, Justice Sotomayor recalled Mr. Mo as an “all around confounder of stereotypes.”

On November 19, 2021, Hugh Mo himself spoke in the case, before Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein. Inner City Press covered it. Mo said he anticipated filing for summary judgment. Judge Hellerstein said a quantum meruit - how much is it worth - lawsuit does not lend itself to summary judgment.

So Judge Hellerstein set a trial for September 12.

On September 6, Mo filed with a court a chronology including that back on November 13, 2015 his firm "retained Sturman LLC to prepare 3 white papers to support Mr. Ng's sovereign immunity defense in the Criminal Matter for a flat fee of $100,000." Sovereign immunity?

On September 7 at the scheduled final pre-trial conference, Judge Hellerstein announced that criminal trials must take precedence. He pushed this trial back to October 3, after trial before a Magistrate Judge was rejected.

  Ng's lawyer argues that Brafman and Park did most or nearly all of the work. Judge Hellerstein said the issue is, How much work did Mo do, not the percentage. Ng is opposing two exhibits that weren't provided with Bates stamps on them, but were rather - it seems - in boxes in Mo's office which Ng's counsel was invited to view. Or were they? Judge Hellerstein asked Mo about it.

  Ng, of course, has many proposed exhibits, up to OOO. BB is an "Email from Chris Greer to H. Mo re: Yin - Lorenzo emails." That's Francis Lorenzo, past and perhaps current Dominican Republic Ambassador to the UN, cooperator, all around UN personality.

On September 8, Judge Hellerstein moved the trial back up: "SCHEDULING ORDER: Due to an opening in its calendar, the Court will conduct the bench trial in the above captioned matter on September 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. in courtroom 14D. SO ORDERED. Bench Trial set for 9/19/2022 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 14D, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007 before Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein. (Signed by Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein on 9/8/2022)." We will cover the trial.

With corruption continuing at the UN, now with Cary Yan and outright censorship, Inner City Press will continue to cover these cases. This case is Law Firm of Hugh H. Mo, P.C. v. Ng Lap Seng,  20-cv-7077 (Hellerstein)

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   Lorenzo was given a sentence of time served, which was twenty days in detention, by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Vernon S. Broderick.

     It was what the US Attorney's Office essentially recommended, calling Lorenzo a model cooperating witness. This despite acknowledging that Lorenzo had to "re-plead" guilty when it emerged he had not disclosed his receipt of bribes.   Assistant US Attorney Douglas S. Zolkind at sentencing praised Lorenzo for example for always appearing in a three-piece suit.

  It then emerged that this same prosecution team asked for yet another six months delay in sentencing another briber in the case, Heidi Hong Piao.

 On March 5, Judge Broderick held the sentencing, and gave Heidi Piao "time served," with a reference to her being subjected to ridicule. Inner City Press live tweeted it, here:

Judge Broderick: The offense involves more than two bribes, and over $550,000. And it involves a high level official. 18 USC 1956, so two more levels to 34, minus 3 for pleading guilty. Sentencing guideline: 108 to 135 months imprisonment.

Judge Broderick: The government is giving a 5K1.1 letter (cooperator), and Ms. Piao has cited her health and wants time served.

 AUSA Richenthal: Ms. Piao sent bribes and didn't report overseas bank accounts. But you sentenced Ms Yan, & she was more involved.  NOTE: UN is still as corrupt as ever, these soft sentences did not discourage anything - if anything, it emboldened  Antonio Guterres

Now Piao's lawyer is claiming that Piao cooperated a lot.   But she never testified at the Ng Lap Seng trial in SDNY, which Inner City Press covered every day. Velvet gloves for bribers of the UN is making the Organization more and more corrupt.

Judge Broderick: I did see that Ms. Piao filed the amended tax returns required by the cooperation agreement. Also FBAR. [FUBAR.]

Piao: I am sorry for the choices that I made. I apologize to my family. [Bribing the UN, of course, goes without saying.] Says, I will never be before any court again. [Hey, Guterres has his hand out - and sells more of the public trust than John Ashe did]

 Judge Broderick: You were integral to the bribery scheme.  You were not a puppet. Your family members have written letters on your behalf.  There has been damage to the UN, "One can only hope things have changed there." Banned Inner City Press: They have not.

 Judge Broderick: You also hurt the countries they represent, Antigua &, was it Uganda?

AUSA Richenthal: Francis Lorenzo is from the Dominican Republic. But the phone calls we've referenced were about Chad & the Foreign Minister of Uganda. Kutesa. Still in power.

Judge Broderick: Mr Lorenzo didn't go to jail but fell from grace, a significant position in his country. [He was a no-show deputy ambassador - and still goes into the UN, which has become ever more corrupt under  Antonio
Guterres ]

 Judge Broderick: Ms. Piao, you grew up in Beijing. Your father was sent away during the Cultural Revolution... You apparently offered to testify against Patrick Ho, about the voices. And I understand that John Ashe may have been considering a plea before he died

[Medical alarm goes off.] Judge Broderick: So you cooperated. You exposed yourself to ridicule from some folks who wouldn't understand what was going on [?] I'll take that into consideration. So I sentence you to time served.
Two years of supervised release.

Judge Broderick: I hope I never see you again, I don't think I will, it's a good thing.

AUSA Richenthal: The money has been paid by others - no restitution (billionaire Ng paid it), it's a null set.

 And that's it. Podcast here.

     Judge Broderick before giving Francis Lorenzo the time served sentence said there was a need for general deterrence. But neither he nor Zolkind even mentioned an after arising UN bribery case, for which Patrick Ho of CEFC China Energy was convicted by SDNY Judge Loretta A. Preska.    

Judge Broderick did impose two years of supervised release, and 250 hours of community service.

    Afterward Inner City Press sought to ask Lorenzo a question but was told by his lawyerBrian H. Bieber that Lorenzo would not answer questions.

    So Inner City Press asked Bieber how Lorenzo would do his community service and when Lorenzo last saw and communicated with Carlos Garcia, the former El Salvador ambassador shown in the trial before Judge Broderick to have helped launder money for Lorenzo.

  Bieber said he would ask Lorenzo, and perhaps get back to Inner City Press, which has reported and will continue to report on these cases. This case is US v. Lorenzo, 15-cr-706 (Broderick).


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