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CAMDEN: If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for the impending sentencing hearing for Ashley Lacerda (who recently requested a new attorney), there will be no such event on March 24 after all so you can let your breath out. It’s going to take a while longer.

Charles H. Nugent, Jr., Esquire, counsel for Ashley Lacerda, has requested two things from Judge Noel Hillman: A continuance of the March 24, 2015 sentencing hearing and a lifting of the separation order. (The separation order refers to the court order prohibiting any contact between Ashley Lacerda and co-defendant Ian Resnick.)

Nugent cited in his request for a continuance his need for more time to review a CD containing supporting materials for the 327 victims, which U.S. Attorney R. David Walk sent on January 26, 2015. Walk also sent him a supplemental CD on March 6, 2015, with additional supporting materials for a few of those victims and supporting materials for an additional 47 victims, most of whom came to the State’s attention after they had prepared their Pre-sentencing Report.

In a letter to Judge Hillman, Walk conceded to the request for a continuance of 60 days but added this caveat:

“Because counsel will have ample time to review these documents and respond to a PSR provided in 2014, the government will oppose any future continuance requests absent extraordinary circumstances. When Ashley Lacerda and Adam Lacerda are sentenced, nearly two years will have passed since the verdict. Hundreds of victims are awaiting some measure of justice, which will only come when the defendants are sentenced and restitution is awarded. The victims should not have to wait any longer.”

His take on the lifting of the separation order took another path entirely, though. He wrote:

“Ashley Lacerda also has requested that the Court lift the separation order barring her from communicating with codefendant Ian Resnick. The government opposes this request. At trial, the Court barred Adam Lacerda, Ashley Lacerda, and Resnick from contacting each other, except through counsel, after Resnick made a clandestine attempt during trial to pass Ashley Lacerda a note outlining a plan to sabotage the trial. (Separation Order, 8/22/13, docket entry 311) The separation order also relied on the Court’s finding, based on evidence presented at trial, of probable cause to believe that Adam Lacerda, Ashley Lacerda, and Ian Resnick conspired to tamper with witnesses. (Id.)

“After trial, the Court reiterated that “Ashley Lacerda is [not] permitted to communicate in any manner whatsoever with defendant Ian Resnick, except through counsel,” when the Court lifted the separation order to allow communications between Adam and Ashley Lacerda, husband and wife with family issues. (Order, 10/16/13, docket entry 347) As a result, the current request’s only effect would be to allow Ashley Lacerda to communicate with Resnick. Given their extensive record of conspiring to tamper with witnesses and obstruct justice, and given that the Court soon will convene sentencing hearings, the Court should not allow them to communicate except through counsel. The proffered justification for lifting the order is that they want to communicate about sentencing and appellate issues, but they can communicate about those issues through counsel. The separation order should remain in place.”

The judge has agreed to both the continuance and to keeping the separation order in place.

In addition, Ian Resnick’s attorney has also requested a 60-day continuance of his sentencing date, citing the same reason: He is in the process of reviewing a second CD with additional information regarding the victims.

So as of this date, the sentencing dates for Adam and Ashley Lacerda, who founded the VO Group and VO Financial, and for Ian Resnick have not yet been set but will probably be at some date in the vicinity of May 2015 or later.

Sentencing for Genevieve Manzoni, who was found guilty of only one count and is the only one of the four main defendants to have remained free on bail, is still set for April 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM in Camden – Courtroom 3A before Judge Noel L. Hillman.

BTW, a while back I received a curious email that said only this:

I remember the day Ian started working at VO… he looked Ryan Bird dead in the eyes and said “this all better be legal… you better not be lying to me… I don’t want to rip people off”… and Bird said “dude… I swear… nothing illegal, we’re not wyndham”

Assuming that statement is true, court documents indicate that it didn’t take him long to fall in with the crooked crowd. What do you think?

ICYDK, Ryan Bird (a/k/a “Chris Jackson,” a/k/a “Matthew Bross,”) pleaded guilty in June 2013 to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of wire fraud. He also admitted to collecting unemployment compensation benefits while working at the VO Group and pleaded guilty to a count charging him with applying for and collecting $18,104 in unemployment compensation benefits to which he was not entitled.

As for the rest of the defendants who pleaded guilty to various counts of fraud in this case and are awaiting news of their fate — stay tuned.

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NORFOLK: Another timeshare transfer company scammer, a la Keith Kosco, is awaiting his fate in Virginia on a charge of Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud.

The perpetrator this time is Brendan J. Hawkins, who was arrested Dec. 4, 2014, pled guilty on Dec. 22, 2014 and is awaiting sentencing in Norfolk on April 20, 2015. That was fast, wasn’t it?

According to court documents, the primary purpose of the conspiracy to which Hawkins pled guilty was for the defendant and other conspirators (unnamed) “to obtain funds by conducting fraudulent transfers of timeshare properties to unqualified purchasers through the use of false and fraudulent material representations and promises.”

Specifically he and the conspirators operated through various business entities, including GoodBye Timeshare, LLC a/k/a Good Buy Vacations, lately allegedly rebranded as Endless Escapes (he is the President/CEO of GoodBye/Good Buy, which he apparently started in 2008). In doing so, the conspirators and others on their behalf solicited timeshare owners to hire GoodBye to have their timeshare property legitimately transferred to a new owner for a fee. Can you guess the rest?

The conspirators recruited “straw buyers” to agree to receive transferred interests in timeshare properties, with a set fee ranging from approximately $25-$35 for each individual transfer. These straw buyers had neither the intention nor the resources to satisfy the financial obligations of timeshare property ownership.

The prosecution says that from 2011 through 2013, in connection with the scheme, conspirators, including Hawkins, in the Eastern District of Virginia caused the transfer of approximately 230 timeshare properties to straw buyers, who had no intention of fulfilling the obligations of ownership, thereby causing losses to timeshare resorts.

The maximum penalties for this offense are a maximum term of five (5) years of imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, full restitution, forfeiture of assets, a special assessment, and three (3) years of supervised release. While he waits, he had to turn over his passport and is prohibited from opening any new bank accounts, credit card accounts, loans or lines of credit without permission of the Probation Office. He is also prohibited from any self-employment or involvement in operations of GoodBye Timeshare.

Hawkins is married to Tara Dow Hawkins, who is listed under her maiden name as President/CEO of a company called Endless Resort Options, LLC. ERO has been a BBB accredited business since 2009 and they say the company has been in business since 1996 — but according to the state of Virginia the date of Formation/Registration of the company was 6/16/2014 with Tara Lynn Dow as the registered agent (their website was also registered in June 2014) and it was registered as a foreign corporation in Florida in Oct. 2014 — so what’s up with that? Maybe they used to operate under a different name or as a sole proprietorship or something? It’s hard to tell from the 2-page website exactly what the company does, though in a Dec. press release from TrackResults Software ERO is mentioned thusly: “ERO is a Virginia based company specializing in sales and marketing for developers and HOA’s”.

Here are some screenshots from Brendan’s Facebook page:

Brendan and Tara Hawkins (left) at ARDA World 2013

Brendan and Tara Hawkins (left) at ARDA World 2013

Brendan Hawkins' House in Virginia (2013)

Brendan & Tara’s house in Williamsburg, VA

Tara Dow Hawkins' new car, 2013

Tara Dow Hawkins' new car, 2013

Under the plea agreement Hawkins has agreed “to forfeit all interests in any mail fraud related asset that the defendant owns or over which the defendant exercises control, directly or indirectly, as well as any property that is traceable to, derived from, fungible with, or a substitute for property that constitutes the proceeds of his offense, or facilitating property or property involved in the offense. The defendant further agrees to waive all interest in the asset(s) in any administrative or judicial forfeiture proceeding, whether criminal or civil, state or federal.”

As you can see from the above screen shots, Brendan and Tara have been living large in Williamsburg. Since property subject to forfeiture in this case includes but is not limited to the sum of at least $546,904, I’m wondering how many of their luxury items will be on the chopping block, though rumor has it that they sold their house and were on their way “south” before things, er, changed.

Both Brendan and Tara used to be Vice Presidents for Wyndham Vacation Ownership in various regions (she in San Francisco where this wrongful discharge lawsuit mentions her name, he in Williamsburg) before they struck out on their own. Have you noticed that more than a few crooks and liars have graduated out of the Wyndham VO organization and proceeded to “pillage the village”, so to speak? Including the VO Group/VO Financial crowd (Adam & Ashley Lacerda, Ian Resnick, Ryan Bird and several others).

Is it something in the water?


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CAMDEN: Here’s a brief update on the state of affairs in the Adam and Ashley Lacerda (et al) timeshare fraud case, associated with the VO Group and VO Financial.

Taking it from the top:

Adam Lacerda’s sentencing date was set for March 23, but his attorney has requested a continuance of at least 60 days due to conflicts in his schedule. The government has consented to the continuance but the Court has not yet set a new date.

Ashley Lacerda has requested a new attorney (the minutes outlining the reasons for that have been sealed) but that doesn’t seem to have affected her sentencing hearing date, which is currently still set for March 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Courtroom 3A before Judge Noel Hillman.

Sentencing for Genevieve Manzoni, who was found guilty of only one count and is the only one of the four main defendants to have remained free on bail, is set for April 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM in Camden – Courtroom 3A before Judge Noel L. Hillman.

And Ian Resnick’s sentencing hearing is set for April 8, 2015 at 10:30 AM in Camden – Courtroom 3A before Judge Noel L. Hillman.

So the final countdown has begun. As for the multiple defendants who pled guilty to various counts of fraud in this case and are awaiting news of their fate — stay tuned.



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NEWPORT NEWS: There isn’t a whole lot of new news to report on the Keith Kosco timeshare transfer scandal, but for what it’s worth you might be interested in these tidbits.

Down Mexico way, Kosco’s Number 1 right-hand person Tania Blanco Pugh has apparently opened up a new spinoff company called Priority Exchange Services (formerly Elite Equity Transfers, formerly Priority Exchange Network et al). See for yourself: Go to ScamAudit.com. In the search bar type in priorityexchangeservices.com and scroll down to where it says Contact Details and… you guessed it… the registrant is Tania Blanco Pugh.

At the very least she is the official owner (registrant) of the domain name for the very new website (created Dec. 12, 2014). The website itself goes straight to a log-in page and there’s no way to see what else there might be if you don’t have the log-in information.

Look at the WhoIs:

Registrant Name: Tania Blanco Pugh
Registrant Organization:
Registrant Street: 5332 Gardner Ct
Registrant City: Williamsburg
Registrant State/Province: Virginia
Registrant Postal Code: 23188
Registrant Country: United States
Registrant Phone: +1.7577716078
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax:
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: tania.blancop@xxxxxxxxx.com

The given address belongs to a townhome in Williamsburg, VA, purchased for $145,000 in 2013; I wonder who owns the home?

Is Tania going out on her own, or was that something new that Kosco was working on before he was arrested? Is it of interest that the name “Priority Exchange Services” is not registered as a business entity in the state of Virginia?

Another thing: The domain name for Priority Exchange Network is registered to Keith Kosco, using the Williamsburg address for Resort Solutions et al. So why is the new spinoff registered to Tania?

Another thing that I’ve been pondering is this: When Adam and Ashley Lacerda were first indicted for the VO Group fraud in New Jersey (April 2012) a total of nine people were included in the indictment. Fast forward to January 2013 and a new superseding indictment replaced the original one, with additional charges and additional people added to the original case. In all 16 people were eventually arraigned for various crimes.

Most of those people sang like birds to save themselves. So I’m wondering how many of Kosco’s employees have been interviewed by the Feds, how much help Julie Duffield and Keith himself will be to the Feds, and if a superseding indictment naming more defendants is in the works? Because, you know, he didn’t do all the dirty work all by himself…

Stay tuned.



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CAMDEN: This is just a brief update on the state of affairs in the Adam and Ashley Lacerda (et al) timeshare fraud case, associated with the VO Group and VO Financial.

The sentencing dates for the Lacerdas have not changed: Adam Lacerda is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Ashley Lacerda is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m

For Ian Resnick, a hearing regarding sentencing in his case has been reset for 4/8/2015. No such hearing has yet been set for Genevieve Manzoni, who is still out on bail awaiting word about a possible new trial.

Sentencing for Joseph Saxon, a sentencing date will be determined at some point after the sentencing of the Lacerdas in late March 2015.

There is no fresh news regarding sentencing dates for Ryan Bird, Catherine Bannigan, Jeffrey Sawyer, Steven Cox, Alfred Giordano, Francis Santore, and Eric Rieff.. There’s been nothing in the court records since late 2013.

ADDED: Dennis Nadeau offered a plea agreement in Nov. 2014, which was apparently accepted by the court in January 2015. He pled guilty to one count of Obstruction of Justice, a crime which carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, plus possible supervised release and a variety of monetary fines. The charge claims he “engaged in misleading conduct towards another person, with intent to influence, delay, or prevent testimony.” No sentencing date has been set that I am aware of.

Stay tuned. When I know anything new I’ll pass it promptly to you.



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It's Happy Hour at The GateHouseQUOTABLE QUOTES: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.” – T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets.


Per Google: In 2014 we searched trillions of times. What do these searches say about us? Explore the Year in Search http://www.google.com/2014 and follow the conversation on #YearInSearch

And then Google presented us with their own video about it, which is pretty nice.

What did people search for in order to find us here at InsideTheGate/The GateHouse in 2014? Here are the top ten keyphrases that brought new readers to our websites:

  1. adam lacerda by name and, cumulatively, other search terms relating to the VO Group trial
  2. timeshare news/timeshare blog
  3. timeshare jobs
  4. mexico timeshare fraud and, cumulatively, other search terms relating to timeshare resale/rental/recovery scams operating in Mexico, including names of fraudulent companies
  5. costa rica timeshare scam and, cumulatively, other search terms relating to alleged scams in the Coco Bay area of Guanacaste
  6. timeshare sales license
  7. timeshare sales training tips
  8. club landor complaints
  9. scoop timeshare
  10. timeshare relief scam

What will everyone be searching for in 2015? I hope it will involve fewer scams and much more news on the positive side. (You can help by contributing your own good news, hint hint ;) )


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CAMDEN: This is just a brief update on the state of affairs in the Adam and Ashley Lacerda (et al) timeshare fraud case, associated with the VO Group and VO Financial. Don’t expect anything earthshaking, though.

On Nov. 29 I mentioned that the government won its motion for forfeiture of assets. This post is to provide a little more information and give you the opportunity to see the court document for yourself.

Essentially the court’s report, filed on Dec. 9, 2014, says the same thing for both Adam and Ashley, making its decision formal and official.

Following down the line of Whereas’s, eventually you arrive at the Whereas that says Adam and Ashley are jointly and severally responsible for a total of $11,922,908.38, which the Court has found represents a fair and reasonable calculation, supported by evidence, of the proceeds of the offenses committed by the pair.

The Court has thus found that a personal money judgement in that amount is not excessive under the law and that the United States is therefore entitled to all right, title and interest in the $11,922,908.38 representing the property that constitutes or derives from the proceeds directly or indirectly as a result of the convictions of the offenses.

It then proceeds to lay out the details of the forfeiture in great, er, detail.

The sentencing dates for the Lacerdas are still the same (so far):

Adam Lacerda is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Ashley Lacerda is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m

And that’s it for now. But stay tuned for any further details about the case as they occur.



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I guess when you pay Ripoff Report for its “Businesses you can trust” certification (aka “Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program”) they stay bought.

Here we are well over a year since the owners of VO Financial Corp. (Adam & Ashley Lacerda) were found guilty of mail and wire fraud and put in prison, both VO Group and VO Financial exposed as frauds and the company itself is no longer even operating.

RioOff ReportBut boy oh boy if you look them up at Ripoff Report they’ve still got that “You can trust this company” logo with a halo on it slapped all over the entries for VO Financial.

It doesn’t say much for the ethical concerns of the company’s owner, does it? But then, those concerns have been front and center on the Internet for quite some time, with some going so far as to call what he does criminal extortion. I dunno about that, but geez, what a joke!


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CAMDEN: As I noted last week, the government’s Motion for Forfeiture of Assets in the Adam & Ashley Lacerda et al case was finally heard on Nov. 21, and the government won. The hearing before Judge Hillman lasted for 2 hrs. 10 minutes. At the end, the government’s motion was granted and perhaps more importantly a sentencing date was set for both Adam and Ashley.

Adam Lacerda is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Ashley Lacerda is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m

I suppose that means the guessing will now begin as to how much time each of them will be sentenced to serve in prison?

Keep in mind that the pair, each of whom had been free on $100,000 unsecured bail since their arrest in April 2012, had their bail revoked in August 2013 for violations of conditions placed on them in their bond agreements. You can refresh your memory about that in this article: Bail Revoked for Four VO Group Defendants.) So there will be some time served deducted from the total time to which they’re sentenced. (That’s assuming that the sentencing dates are not postponed and rescheduled for some reason…) They will have been incarcerated for more than a year and a half by the time they are sentenced.

To recap on the Forfeiture of Assets thing, you may remember that originally the amount mentioned in the government’s indictment was a “money judgment in the amount of at least $3,000,000.” But in May 2014 they upped the ante, arguing that because the VO Group’s activities were permeated with fraud or that the VO Group would not have been in business but for the fraud that therefore the company’s entire gross receipts be forfeited — not just the nearly $3 million related specifically to the specific victims mentioned in the indictment.

And how much was at stake? At the Nov. 21 hearing the government prosecutors asked for and got a forfeiture money judgment against Adam and Ashley Lacerda in the amount of the total proceeds of their fraudulent enterprise: $11,922,908.38.

To the penny.

Ouch.



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CAMDEN: This is just a brief note to let you know that it appears the long-awaited hearing on the Motion for Forfeiture of Assets in the Adam & Ashley Lacerda timeshare fraud case finally took place as scheduled on Nov. 21. Unfortunately the court record for the hearing has not yet been made public as of this writing, so the only thing I can report to you is that neither Adam nor Ashley chose to be present for it. They left it to the attorneys to duke it out.

I’ll keep an eye out for it after the weekend, though, and as soon as I get it I’ll report to you.

Watch this space.

UPDATE Nov. 25, 2014: Here are the results of the Motion for Forfeiture hearing.

The hearing before Judge Hillman lasted for 2 hrs. 10 minutes. At the end, the government’s motion was granted AND a sentencing date was set for both Adam and Ashley Lacerda.

Adam Lacerda is set to be sentenced on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Ashley Lacerda is set to be sentenced on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m

I’ll provide more details on it all on Saturday, Nov. 29 so set your clocks and hurry back. ;)



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DALLAS: Silverleaf Resorts is going after Advocate for the Consumer (Mediation) dba Legal Advocate for the Consumer and its owners Charles H. Williams and Glenda Williams, suing them in Dallas County Court for tortious interference with contracts, intentional interference with prospective business relations, defamation and business disparagement.

Silverleaf is seeking actual and punitive damages.

The defendants in the lawsuit are timeshare transfer/relief/rescue/disposal entities that allegedly “made false allegations and published defamatory statements about Silverleaf in order to induce Silverleaf timeshare owners to pay significant up-front fees on the basis that defendants would ‘assist’ owners in terminating their contracts with Silverleaf”, according to the complaint filed on Nov. 6.

According to Silverleaf, “Once owners paid their fee and signed up for these services, defendants continued to defame and interfere (so as to lure their next victim), but performed no work on the owners’ individual cases aside from providing and/or mailing in form letters.”

The complaint says the defendants promote their business “as a mediation company, equipped with a team of lawyers, paralegals and former timeshare executives, that could assist consumers in ‘getting out’ of their timeshare contracts and obtaining refunds of their timeshare membership purchase. Defendants also promised that they would negotiate with Silverleaf for refunds of funds that owners had already paid under their timeshare contract.”

Legal Advocate For The Consumer- Facebook screenshotSilverleaf laid out the modus operandi of the defendants pretty extensively in its complaint, paying great attention to detail. Among other things, the complaint alleges the defendants posted “Silverleaf Resorts are liars” on Advocate for the Consumer’s Facebook profile — and that is true according to a screen shot I took of that page. Even more interesting, though, is what else is on that Facebook page. (clic on the pic to see it bigger) Besides the pious, self-righteous rhetoric on its timeline, look at the comments from clients on the left side of the screenshot. They’re not exactly paens of praise, are they?

The company has an “F” grade with the Better Business Bureau, and at least two of the main websites associated with them are no longer operative.

It’s a familiar profile and familiar complaints against timeshare disposal companies, from the convicted felons of the former VO Group to the notorious David and Cindy MacMillan of Timeshare Relief and at least 17 other companies.

In April 2013 the Texas Attorney General, in an action initiated by the Consumer Protection Agency, sued the same defendants (and their associated entities) in Dallas County Court, making similar accusations of no work being performed; an injunction and asset freeze were issued in May 2013.

The Order requires Legal Advocate for the Consumer to stop false, misleading and deceptive acts in their service to negotiate on behalf of timeshare owners to cancel timeshare contracts. Additionally, the Order requires the business to stop practicing law without a license and representing that the Office of the Attorney General has approved any goods or services sold by the business, or approved of any of the Defendants’ business practices.

(Note that Charles H. Williams has at least two known aliases that he used to do business, those being Chip Townsend and Charles Robertson.)

I’d guess that the AG’s action will be put to good use by Silverleaf in this case, ya think?

But I wonder what the odds are that any of the victims of that company will ever be made whole?



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CAMDEN: A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the motion for forfeiture of assets for Adam and Ashley Lacerda was scheduled to be heard Oct. 24, 2014. Guess what? It’s been rescheduled AGAIN.

This time it’s because Adam’s attorney is representing someone in another trial and that trial’s date has been rescheduled to a time that overlaps the Lacerda hearing. Of course he can’t be in two places at the same time, so he asked for a postponement on the Lacerda case and it was granted.

The NEW date to hear the Motion for Forfeiture of Property is November 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM in Camden – Courtroom 3A before Judge Noel L. Hillman.

As for the motions for new trials for Ian Reznick and Genevieve Manzoni, there is nothing new on that front. The judge is still making up his mind about that, Reznick is still cooling his heels in the slammer while he waits, and Manzoni is still free on bail while she waits.

Watch this space.



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CAMDEN: There’s actually a little bit of news available this week on the VO Group/VO Financial timeshare scam case. Not much but some, and for what it’s worth here it is.

First off, regarding the motions for a new trial for Ian Resnick and Genevieve Manzoni, the hearing was held on October 2, with both defendants present in court. The attorneys all presented their cases for and against, and Judge Noel L. Hillman has reserved his decision for a later date so he has time to take everything under advisement. While they wait, Resnick was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal; Manzoni remains free on bail.

On the matter of Joseph Saxon, who has been requesting to be released on bond while awaiting sentencing, I have this news. On Oct. 2, 2014 Saxon was released to the custody of his father Lewis Saxon under certain terms and conditions.

1) He is to be confined to his residence at the home of his parents, Lewis and Monica Saxon in Brigantine, New Jersey at all times except for employment; education; religious services; medicaC substance abuse or mental health treatment; attorney visits; court appearances; court-ordered obligations; or other activities approved in advance by the pretrial services officer or supervising officer; and shall be under home detention with electronic monitoring at all times. Defendant will pay a sum for the electronic monitoring, to be determined by the Court that will be consistent with his earnings, if employed.

2) He must abide by, adhere to, and follow the directions of all treating and consulting physicians including, but not limited to, the taking of all prescribed medications.

3) He shall not leave the District/State of New Jersey.

4) He shall attend any and all mental health treatment sessions and intensive outpatient program(s) as arranged/directed by Pretrial Services.

And there’s more, too. You can read the whole decision here.

The motions for forfeiture of assets for Adam and Ashley Lacerda are currently scheduled to be heard Oct. 24, 2014. I’ll report back to you once the information on that becomes available.

Watch this space.



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