>> EASTERN USA TIMESHARE NEWS:
CAMDEN: Joseph Saxon, who has been languishing in government custody pending sentencing for his part in the VO Group timeshare fraud case, had a mental competency and bail hearing on August 13. Apparently Saxon was hoping to be found mentally incompetent so he could serve his sentence in the relative luxury of a mental health facility (and because he doesn’t want to be known as a rat?).
The court docket for November 19, 2013 put it like this:
…the defendant is committed to the custody of the Attorney General for placement by the United States Bureau of Prisons in a suitable facility for the administration of a psychiatric or psychological examination to assess whether defendant is presently suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him etc. The defendant’s application for bail is DENIED without prejudice. The defendant is detained pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 3143(a).
But now that he’s been found mentally competent, the 41-year-old Saxon’s attorney moved the proceedings forward to the question of bail.
In the end, his application was granted pending a court structured bail package by pretrial services. A Bail Hearing is set for this coming Thursday, August 21, 2014.
So it looks like Saxon, who has a long arrest record going back at least to 1992 (mostly for things like theft, receiving stolen property, assault, reckless endangerment and stuff like that), will be tasting some freedom at least until he is sentenced. Scuttlebutt insists that he’ll be wearing an ankle bracelet under house arrest at his parents’ house while he waits.
I haven’t found any indication in the Court records that a sentencing date has been set for Saxon, who pled guilty May 31, 2014 to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
Eric Reilly, who pled guilty in January 2013 to the same offense, received a sentence last month of three years in prison plus three years of supervised release. Considering his criminal past and fairly strong allegations against him regarding his character (or lack thereof), is that an indication of what Saxon can expect or will he get a harsher sentence? Will the time he has already served be taken into account?
Meanwhile, the case against the four defendants who were found guilty nearly a year ago continues to grind slowly on. Genevieve Manzoni is getting a new attorney and is still awaiting a hearing for a new trial, as is Ian Resnick. VO Group/VO Financial founders/owners Adam and Ashley Lacerda are contesting the government’s motion for forfeiture of assets; hearings on that issue are still scheduled to be heard on September 30, so stay tuned for that. Manzoni is free on bail; the other three are currently being held without bail in prison. No sentencing date has been set yet for any of them.
Watch this space…
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