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48 Hours before Jen Shah Sentenced Cooperator Quiles Resentenced With Court Sealing Denied

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Order Vlog

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 4 –  Five defendants in a telemarketing scheme were presented past 8 pm on November 20, 2019 in the Magistrates Court of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

 On April 2, 2021 Jen Shah of Real Housewives Of Salt Lake City was arraigned in the same case - and a $1 million bond, with $250,000 of it secured by case or property, required. Inner City Press live tweeted it.

On December 16, 2022 Shah's lawyer in a heavily redacted submission asked for 36 months, far below the plea deal. Exhibit list  along with redacted statement by Jen Shah on Patreon here.  Inner City Press emailed opposition to the redactions, to Shah's lawyer (no response) and elsewhere - then filed it.

On January 4, Judge Stein ruled: "ORDER as to Jennifer Shah. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendant Shah is directed to respond to the application of Inner City Press [Doc. No. 648] to unseal certain portions of Shah's sentencing memorandum and an exhibit to the government's sentencing memorandum in writing on or before 12:00 p.m. on January 5, 2023. (Defendant Responses due by 1/5/2023) (Signed by Judge Sidney H. Stein on 1/4/2023)."

 On January 4 at 3 pm Inner City Press went to cover the re-sentencing of Raymond Quiles, described as a cooperator against Jen Shah and others, under a different docket number.

  Quiles' lawyer, after conferring with the Assistant US Attorney, asked Judge Stein to seal the courtroom. Inner City Press said that it opposed the request. After standing in the hall while arguments were presented - it is not clear if the US Attorney's Office joined in the request - Inner City Press was invited by in, and stayed.

  It was a proceeding under Rule 35(b)(2)(b) of the FRCrP, for cooperation after sentencing. The initial sentence, in 2019, for was a year and a day. But it was put off. Now Quiles returned, seeking no jail time. He cited family issues, remorse, and willingness to testify against Jen Shah.

  While Probation suggested three months in prison, Judge Stein gave weight and mercy to the family situation - an autistic son - and imposed six months of home confinement, the start of two years of supervised release, and 160 hours a year of community service, which Judge Stein suggested should be to help prevent fraud.

 At the end, Judge Stein said he didn't seen incarceration as needed for Quiles, that "general deterrence looms larger in the cases of those with larger public profiles."

Jen Shah is set to be sentenced on January 6.

This case is USA v. Ketabchi et al, 17-cr-243 (Stein).  sdny


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