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CAMDEN: I mentioned in a comment last week that Joseph Saxon’s sentencing, which had been scheduled for July 17, has been postponed until July 31.
Saxon pleaded guilty May 31, 2013 to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, thereby admitting to conspiring to defraud owners of timeshare properties by offering phony consulting services with the VO Group. Follow the above link for more info on that, if you haven’t been following this case for the last 3 or so years.
ANYhow, while he awaited sentencing Saxon had been permitted to remain free under supervised release in the custody of his parents at their home. But as I noted in a recent post, that arrangement was verbally canceled on June 24, 2015 (the formal written order was filed on July 1) and he was remanded to custody.
Why, you ask? He failed a couple of drug tests (he has a long history of drug abuse). On May 20 and June 1, 2014, while free on supervised release, he provided samples for urinalysis, but the samples were not human urine. That was not enough to get him tossed in the pokey, though.
On June 11, 2015, while remanded to the care of his parents at their home under supervised release, he reported to Pre-Trial Services and provided an observed urine sample that tested positive for cocaine and opiates.
That was enough. It was off to the slammer for Joseph Saxon while awaiting sentencing.
IAN RESNICK: I’ve reported that both Resnick and Genevieve Manzoni had asked for a new trial or that their convictions be tossed. Judge Hillman has denied their requests and has filed a detailed Opinion on his reasoning for the denial. That is a document that you will want to read! (You will probably note that either the judge or the transcriptionist totally blew Manzoni’s first name, referring to her as “Jennifer” Manzoni rather than Genevieve. Is that an issue?)
Having read the whole Opinon I have come to the conclusion that Judge Hillman does not seem to be looking at either defendant with a sympathetic eye. I suspect that Resnick in particular is going to be shown little mercy when it comes time for the gavel to come down on him. But of course that’s just my opinion; I could be wrong.
So as of this writing, Resnick is still set to be sentenced Friday, August 21, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Manzoni is set for sentencing September 4, 2015.
And Ashley Lacerda
is less than 2 weeks away from learning her fate, with sentencing due August 7, 2015. The 7th falls on a Friday, btw, so hopefully I’ll have the details in time for the Aug. 8 edition of The GateHouse. has had her sentencing postponed again; it is currently set for Oct. 7, 2015.
To date 13 members of the VO Group have pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. Five others went to trial, where four were convicted of various crimes and one (Joseph Diventi) was exonerated of all charges. Nearly all are still awaiting sentencing, with the most notable exception being company co-founder Adam Lacerda who was recently sentenced to 27 years in prison.
Lacerda’s attorney is preparing an appeal; they have until August 13, 2015 to file the Notice of Appeal and then things will progress from there. I’ll keep you posted.
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