UNITED STATES v. Carlos Wanzeler
James Matthew Merrill
Docket Number 14-MJ-4172-DHH
Docket Number 14-40028
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Next Scheduled Court Date:
September 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm- Initial status conference hearing.
On July 30th, 2014 James Merrill was arraigned on his charges (indictment). He was notified of his rights, charges & maximum penalties. He entered a not guilty plea and his case is scheduled for an initial status conference on September 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Defendants do not generally appear for status conference hearings. Status conference hearings are scheduled so that the court can monitor the status of the case and determine whether hearings need to be scheduled.
The defendant James Merrill remains on released on $900,000 bail and subject to home detention, electronic monitoring, surrender of his and his wife’s’ passport, and other conditions which can be reviewed in the attached motion. The conditions can be viewed in the attached order entitled “Order regarding the release of James Merrill”.
On July 23, 2014 the Government filed a 9 count indictment against James Merrill and Carlos Wanzeler. The indictment includes eight charges of wire fraud, based on Merrill, in December 2013, wiring about $10,000,000 in TelexFree funds to personal accounts belonging to him and Wanzeler. The indictment also specifies approximately 70 assets to be forfeited as proceeds of the alleged fraud scheme, or assets traceable to such proceeds, including approximately $140,000,000 seized from TelexFree’s accounts and various real assets, such as homes, condominiums, cars and two boats.
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