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    Just wanted to let you know, you have Ian Resnick down as Ian Lacerda here – “Those defendants are: Adam and Ashley Lacerda, (co-owners of both VO Group and its successor company VO Financial Corp.); Ian Lacerda (a close and loyal associate of the Lacerdas)”

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      Big Oops. Thanks for the heads up. Typo fixed.

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    courthouse update

    this is the worst article, absolutely no information on the exact evidence, why is this email the smoking gun, what where the lies that were told? who is on the stand in defense of the defendants? If you are going to try to do an in depth report get some real information. If I was on the jury my biggest question would be “why if they did something wrong are they allowed to still be open for business? ” That would make it seem kinda like a witch hunt against these defendants.

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      get it right

      you said it best soooo many things they have gotton WRONG,I like getting updates fron the Gate but it would be nice if they were correct updates

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        All of the information provided here is correct updates straight from the words off of the court documents.




          Did you even PEEK at the 69-page investigation report issued by the US Attorney? “Witch hunt”??? How long have you worked for VO, anyhow?



          Read it carefully incredulous and understand that the evidence is clear the Lacerda’s are guilty of scamming innocent victims out of $3 million and thought they would get away with it… too bad looks like do the crime do the time.

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    I think you’re doing a fine job…

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    Hey, these guys are doing a fantastic job with keeping us all posted on these ‘scumbags’ I don’t know who you are but you are probably friends or family to these crooks. The jury has the case now so, let’s see where it goes from there. I, like most people believe in our jury system and we all will know the outcome very quickly. They have a mountain of evidence on each of them and I feel it will be a guilty verdict on all counts for all five of them. What do you think? Post your thoughts.

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      get it right

      well they arent doing a very good job cause it says Ashley ‘s bond got revoked after a note was found…but guess what she is at her home with her daughter…so facts are NOT corrrect and how dare you call some one a scum bag that you dont know,And yes i am a family friend ashley is a very good person,great mom,and all around a sweet heart….walk a mile in some ones shoes before you judge…how about inosnt till proven guilty,yeah jurys are really great llok at casey antoney they did a fab job there,

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        Ashley is under house arrest GPS, no computer, phone etc etc. Only reason she is not behind bars is that she is addicted to drugs and is in withdrawal. Let me guess… if the jury returns a guilty verdict people like you will be saying the jury was corrupted by the FBI blah blah blah. I can just hear it now. Face the facts get real.



          So there SS you think you know these people better than we do? Hmmmm

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    Here’s an update for you all. Adam Lacerda testified on his own behalf on Aug. 15, 19 and 20 along with some witnesses for the defense. I see no evidence in the docket records that Ashley Lacerda testified.

    On the 26th several more witnesses for the defense were sworn in, including Alan Lacerda (Adam’s brother) and Ryan Klinger (Ashley’s brother). FBI agent John Mesisca was sworn at rebuttal and defense on cross examination.

    Also on the 26th, lawyers for both the defense and prosecution began submitting their Proposed Jury Instructions to the Judge. The trial itself was adjourned until today, Aug. 28, as a hearing before the judge was scheduled for the 27th to review “recent voluminous additional discovery documents” related to Ian Resnick and Joseph DiVenti. I don’t know what that’s all about.

    It looks like this case will definitely go to the jury no later than next week.

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    Courthouse update….you have to be a friend to these cons. Witch hunt? Really? Recorded phone conversations, FBI agent posing as potential customer, thirteen former employees pleading guilty, services offered were either non-existent or a sophisticated bait and switch scheme, I could go on and on. Court document after court document with details on how this scam played out. As I have said before and will say again thanks to the conscientious reporting of the Gatekeeper and this publication informing the public may have saved innocent victims the loss of their money.

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    The 13 other defendants pleaded guilty to 41-51 months in the pen. That means they will return home sometime in late 2018 The other 5 defendants currently on trial, if found guilty, will most likely get some very serious time. According to the federal sentencing guidelines, the owner and co-owners are looking at a minimum of 12 years the other 2 people a minimum of 7-years and the bank robber who tried to assist with flight instructions out of the country is looking at a minimum 10 years because of his criminal record. Goes to show you, crime dosent pay. Stay tuned.

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    Update for you. The government started its closing arguments yesterday, concluding its summation today. This is being followed by closing statements from each of the five defense attorneys, which may run into tomorrow. THEN the judge will instruct the jury and the case will be handed over to them.

    And a CORRECTION: Apparently, after these two articles were written the Court decided to let Ashley Lacerda out on bail after all. She was released, under strong conditions, and is wearing a GPS ankle bracelet for the duration.

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      What an asshole this Lacerda guy is to let his wife go through this. A real husband would have taken all the heat for his wife whether she is guilty or not.

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        I agree they are all assholes.

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    I don’t understand how 225 and 13 former employees testified against vo group so fast ?

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      Only a few “victims” testified, like 1, 2 or 3 for each defendant I think, and not all 13 former employees testified, just some of them.

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        Admin, can you tell us specifically which of the 13 who pleaded guilty testified?



          The following of the thirteen who pleaded guilty testified for the prosecution; Jeffrey Sawyer, Ryan Bird, Brian Corley, Aimee Allen, Alfred Giordano, and Vincent Giordano.

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        A total of 36 witnesses testified for the prosecution.

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    Wow! They scammed that many people? They promised me they could force Wyndam to take back our timeshare for $8600 Once I gave them my money I never heard back from them in months but when the FBI got involved, they tefunded me all my money.

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      Wow .. They just all of sudden called and gave you your money back. Are you part of the 225 people. Did you actually talk to any one of these people

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    Money laundering charges against the Lacerdas have been dropped. Here’s what U.S. Attorney Fishman filed today:

    Under Fed. R. Crim. P. 48(a) and by leave of Court endorsed hereon, Paul J. Fishman, the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, hereby dismisses the following counts of the Superseding Indictment No. 12-303, filed on January 23, 2013: Counts 21, 30, and 31, charging Ashley R. Lacerda with violations of 18 U.S.C. 1343 and 18 U.S.C. 2; Count 35, charging Adam Lacerda and Ashley R. Lacerda with conspiracy to commit money laundering in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1956(h); Counts 36 through 39, charging Adam Lacerda and Ashley R. Lacerda with money laundering in violation of 18 US.S.C. 1957(a) and 18 U.S.C. 2; and Count 40, charging Adam Lacerda with violations of 18 U.S.C. 1341 AND 18 U.S.C. 2.

    This dismissal is with prejudice.

    Note that yesterday, the 29th, a hearing was held on an oral motion by defendants’ counsel to dismiss money laundering counts. The above dismissal was filed today (awaiting the Judge’s signature)

    The jury comes back to court on Tuesday, Sept. 3

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    Jenn Myrtle Beach

    It sounds like the US Attorney Fishman feels he dosent need those addition counts to get the guilty verdict the Government is looking for. Maybe they are setting up a plea agreement with all 5 of them right now as we speak. You never know. If they are found NOT GUILTY on everything will the 13 that pleaded guilty still have to go to the slammer? There’s a lot of questions that remain unanswered. All 5 defendants must be biting their fingernails right about now. They may get very lucky like George Zimmerman did, you never know. They may get completely off. ‘NOT GUILTY’ verdict.

    Last question, I don’t understand why the FBI is still allowing the vo financial was to continue operating if the have all this evidence on them ripping old people off. I just don’t get it. It really makes me wonder if the FBI is getting paid off, just letting them dig a deeper hole, is still investigating others in the company so they have to face criminal charges or what. I really just don’t get it. Maybe someone can explain it to us better. Let us know your thoughts.

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      They may get LUCKY? Ever consider they may be INNOCENT? They are INNOCENT till PROVEN gulity…maybe those that plead gulity were just running scared? hmmmm? Maybe they are thr rogue employees that are gulty afterall?
      Biting nails? Nah, not if in their hearts of hearts they know they are innocent.

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        Yes, but let’s not forget Adam was caught wanting to leave the country. Or how about the letter to Ashley telling her to flee the country to “save them all”?… that shows, at this point, that at least a few of them are getting a tad concerned. So with that, do you really believe that they believe they’re innocent?



          But lets not forget, he was not going to flee the country, and neither was Ashley. I can promise you that. I was at that trial, every single day. You are obviously unsure of what youre talking about.

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      Thought you were a friend? Jenn from MB??? Hmmmm

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        Zimmerman and this case have no simalarities.

        BTW, Treyvon was carrying watermelon drink and skittles. Try googling that combination…

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      I don’t understand why the FBI is still allowing the vo financial was to continue operating if the have all this evidence on them ripping old people off

      Jenn, VO Financial is not on trial in this case and to the best of my knowledge the Government (State or Federal) has not filed charges against that company or taken any steps at this point to shut the company down. Until/unless something like that happens VO Financial has every legal right to stay open. The charges against the Lacerdas et al are relevant to when they operated VO Group, not VO Financial.

      There are several civil lawsuits pending against VO Financial (and the Lacerdas) which must add to some amount of financial stress related to legal fees, but nothing in the criminal realm that I’m aware of at this time.

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    I am sure that they will shut their business down if and when they are convicted. How could they leave it open to continue to scam people??? Joshuatree the rogue employee lie did not stand up in court. If they believe they are innocent they are crazier than they look. The drugs? Sociopathic personality? Then of course there is Ian Resnick the convicted armed bank robber who is a close personal friend of the Lacerda’s. Give me a break. And by the way people like this who steal $3 million dollars and put it on their own backs don’t have a heart!!! Sickening.

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      Just trying to look from both sides. I mean in the USA you are innocent till PROVEN guilty. I’m not saying they are all angels, but they could be innocent of some charges.

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    atlantic city group

    How can anyone assume they are GUILTY? I see there is a lot of hateraid going on here. Are some of you just jealous because you don’t know how to make money. I give Adam and Ashley a lot of credit for opening a company to help time-share customers. No one ever talks about how many people the flagship time-share stole money from for years and still doing it. Just saying.

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      Hi Atlantic City Group! Forgive me if I am wrong (but I know I am not) there is a DISTINCT difference between EARNING money and STEALING it. Most people work hard to earn a living and don’t have the criminal mindset to perpetrate a scam. Guess some people are born with a criminal mind and inherit it? Flagship employees are not in jail waiting to see if a jury convicts them of felony charges like VO Financial owners Adam and Ashley Lacerda. So… your point is ridiculous and there is no valid comparison here.

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    Funny how some spew here, but when asked a direct question they dissapeR. Well Jenn from Myrtle Beach, wasnt Ashley and her family ALWAYS there for YOU?. Wow amazing to me you publicly tradh them. Hello to your Dad. Hmmm. Just amazing. People like you disqust me.

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      Jenn Myrtle Beach

      I think you are talking about the wrong Jenn sweetheart.

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        I am far from being a sweetheart!
        Let’s all see what the jury says. The jury was there every single day, they are more informed than any one of us. We’re all coming from different experiences with the VO Group and have biased opinions. The JURY will decide and we then need to accept.
        How long do you think it will take?


          Biker Boys Of Boston

          I think it will take till Fri late evening.

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    go pacers

    I taught I taw a puddy tat hahahahaha

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    Jenn Myrtle Beach

    You have the wrong Jenn sweetheart

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    Biker Boys Of Boston

    Gatekeeper do you have any new updates? Verdict please.

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    They are not CLOSE to a verdict. Mayb e next week

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      Biker Boys Of Boston

      Joshuatree, how do you know.

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    Holy Hank

    Oh how we sit and ponder the minds of those who take from others. I have pondered, I have wondered, I have knelt beneath my willow tree contemplating the wonders of these folks up North. Being born and raised in the back woods these atrocity’s spin me for a loop. Will they present those w/o some cash fir deeds done wrong?

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    Holy Hank

    I am a monk.

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      Biker Boys Of Boston

      Whatever, they will ALL get found not guilty. That’s just the way our system works. I got some inside information you would love to have. Money talk. LOL

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    Yea right.

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    Boston Strangler LOL

    I really think these people are 100% guilty. My reason for feeling that way is simple.
    Time shares are nothing but a huge scam that’s been going in since the 1950’s
    Oh well.

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    Big Bubba is Coming

    VO Group Verdict.

    Adam Lacerda ‘Guilty’ on ALL counts

    Ashley Lacerda ‘Guilty’ on all counts

    Genevieve Manzoni ‘Guilty’ on ALL counts except one

    Ian Resnick ‘Guilty’ on ALL counts.

    Sentencing dates.

    Adam and Ashley 12-12-2013

    Genevieve and Ian 12-13-2013

    They all face a minimum of 120 to 240 months
    according to the federal sentencing guidelines… Look it up.

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      Phiily.com breaking news. Deliberated only 4 hours.

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        I believe they actually deliberated for two days, plus their deliberations today.

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    You guys beat me to it! That took a lot less time than I expected. The evidence must have been very convincing, and the witnesses for the defense not very convincing at all. Whew!

    Joseph DiVenti was acquitted on all 3 counts.

    Adam Lacerda convicted on 13 counts

    Ashley Lacerda convicted on 6 counts

    Ian Resnick convicted on 7 counts

    Genevieve Manzoni convicted on 2 counts, acquitted on 1 count of wire fraud.

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