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CAMDEN: OK, let me catch you up on the little bit of news available on the VO Group/VO Financial timeshare scam case. Did you notice how I used the word “little” there? That’s about how much new news there is in the case, but for what it’s worth here it is.
Re Adam and Ashley Lacerda: Those two are still awaiting the hearings on motions for forfeiture of assets, currently scheduled for October 24, 2014. The only thing new as of this date is that Ashley doesn’t want to attend the hearing, leaving that in the hands of her attorney, and has therefore waived her right to be present. Her attorney has so notified the judge and requested that her appearance be waived.
Re Ian Resnick and Genevieve Manzoni: Their motion for a new trial is scheduled to be heard this coming Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, so hopefully I’ll have something to report to you by next Saturday (though that’s cutting things pretty close). Assuming it isn’t postponed again, of course.
In the meantime, I thought you might be interested in this information culled from a previous court document (Oct. 2013) in which the Government was explaining why Ian Resnick did not deserve a new trial:
During the course of the charged conspiracy, Resnick became Adam Lacerda’s right hand man. Resnick was at Adam Lacerda’s side when Lacerda reprimanded Vincent Giordano about the Genevieve Manzoni email (Government Exhibit 202) and told Giordano that the bank settlement pitch should not be put in writing to customers. 8/12/2013 Trial Tr. at 85. Resnick was promoted from sales rep to contract analyst to director of training to director of compliance to vice president of sales. 7/29/2013 Trial Tr. at 104. Resnick was one of the highest paid employees at VO, earning $64,149 through 9/1/2011 and $400,000 during his entire time at VO.
Even after he was arrested and ordered not to have contact with victims and witnesses, Resnick participated in witness tampering, which shows his consciousness of guilt. See8/16/2013 Opinion at 8-9 [Docket No. 299] (holding that evidence of Resnick’s witness tampering showed his commission of fraud and his consciousness of guilt, and citing numerous supporting authorities). The jury heard Karen Wolff testify about his post-arrest contacts with her and heard recordings of post-arrest calls. 8/8/2013 Trial Tr. at 243-51; 8/12/2013 Trial Tr. at 45-53; Government Exhibits 2004, 2008, 2008A, 2008B. During those calls, Resnick (a) told her numerous lies, including that he was exonerated of all charges; (b) misstated what had happened in 2010, in order to tamper with her recollection and testimony; and (c) pushed her very hard to accept a refund, in a transparent attempt to alter her attitude and defuse her as a witness against him. Id. Based on Resnick’s actions towards Karen Wolff, the jury was entitled to conclude that Resnick knew that he had committed fraud and was trying to tamper with the evidence against him.
If you want to get a bigger fix while you wait for newer news, here is a copy of the Government’s brief in opposition to post-trial motions of Manzoni and Resnick. If you have a bag of popcorn, now would be the time to pop it in the microwave.
RE Dennis Nadeau: Dennis, who was indicted in June 2014 for “misleading conduct towards another person, with intent to influence, delay, or prevent testimony” (aka witness tampering) associated with the case, has wasted no time diddling around. He just went straight to the plea agreement deal and apparently has already gotten something sewn up.
The Government and Nadeau’s attorney have jointly asked for an order granting a continuance of the proceedings in his case for a period of 60 days “to allow the parties to schedule a change-of-plea hearing, the parties having entered into a plea agreement in this matter and the United States having requested assignment of this matter to a United States District Judge…” So sometime prior to around Nov. 9 I should have something concrete to tell you about that. Note that Nadeau is mentioned in that document I linked to above.
As for various other defendants who pled guilty to various counts during the trial (Francis Santore, Ryan Bird, Joseph Saxon, et al), to the best of my knowledge they have not been sentenced yet. I’m not sure what the hold-up is.
Watch this space.
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