Pending Criminal Division Cases

United States v. Lee Elbaz
Court Docket No.: 18-cr-00157 (D. Maryland)

Court Assigned: This case is assigned to the Honorable Theodore D. Chuang, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, United States Federal Building and Courthouse, 6500 Cherrywood Lane, Greenbelt, MD 20770.


UPDATE –March 26, 2019: With regard to the two additional related cases filed in the District of Maryland, both defendants have now pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.  

Defendant Austin Smith (a/k/a “John Ried”) pleaded guilty on March 14, 2019. Sentencing has been scheduled for September 3, 2019 at 9:30 AM.

Defendant Yair Hadar (a/k/a “Steven Gold”) pleaded guilty on March 21, 2019. Sentencing has been scheduled for August 23, 2019 at 2:30 PM.


Two additional related cases have been filed in the District of Maryland. Both cases are pending before U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang.

Defendant Austin Smith (a/k/a “John Ried”) was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a criminal information on February 25, 2019.  Arraignment has been scheduled for March 14, 2019 at 9:30 am.  The court docket number for defendant Smith is 19-cr-87 (D. Maryland).

Defendant Yair Hadar (a/k/a “Steven Gold”) was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a criminal information on March 7, 2019.  Arraignment has been scheduled for March 21, 2019 at 9:00 am.  The court docket number for defendant Hadar is 19-cr-108 (D. Maryland).


On January 29, 2019, defendant Lissa Mel (a/k/a “Monica Sanders”) pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Sentencing for defendant Mel has been scheduled for June 17, 2019, at 2:00 PM.


The trial date for defendant Elbaz has been set for July 16, 2019, at a time TBD.

In addition, three related cases have been filed.  All are pending before Judge Chuang: 

Defendant Lissa Mel (a/k/a “Monica Sanders”) was charged on November 16, 2018 by criminal information with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.  She was previously charged by complaint on September 13, 2018.  The court docket number for defendant Mel is 18-cr-00571 (D. Maryland).

Defendant Liora Welles (a/k/a “Lindsay Cole,” “Lindsay Wells,” and “Lindsay Taylor”) pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud charged in a criminal information on December 19, 2018.  Sentencing has been scheduled for March 22, 2019 at 9:30 AM.  The court docket number for defendant Welles is 18-cr-00613 (D. Maryland). 

Defendant Shira Uzan (a/k/a “Shira Baror” and “Emily Laski”) pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud charged in a criminal information on December 21, 2018.  Sentencing has been scheduled for March 22, 2019 at 2:30 PM.  The court docket number for defendant Welles is 18-cr-00608 (D. Maryland).


For information about the charges in this case, please click here.


Because of the court’s schedule, hearing dates could change on very short notice. If you plan on attending, you may want to contact the Victim Assistance Line toll-free at (888) 549-3945 or email us at victimassistance.fraud@usdoj.gov.

 

Updated March 26, 2019

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