Our client was an immigrant from the Republic of Ghana who had taken part in an internet fraud scheme. He worked with several other men and women to create and maintain a dating/romance website on which they built fake profiles of people seeking relationships. Posing as these false romantic partners, the actors could prey on the vulnerable site visitors and solicit funds from them – sometimes accumulating hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Our client was an undocumented immigrant from Albania who came from an upstanding family. Following an argument at a Brooklyn social club with some other patrons, he left and returned to the club with a gun, shot a bullet into the air outside the club that got lodged into a nearby apartment, and then fired several more times into the club’s interior.
Our client is a married father and a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record. A former auxiliary cop, he is a successful businessman who owns and operates a cigar bar in Washington Heights, New York. While doing some work to the exterior of his business an ex-employee approached him for a loan. They spoke in our client’s car for a few moments, no financial exchange took place, and the former employee exited our client’s car and headed to a nearby park. Unbeknownst to our client, the former employee was being tracked by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and was apprehended shortly after leaving his car with pockets full of fentanyl glassines. The DEA agents then arrested our client after finding one fentanyl glassine accidentally left by the other man in his car.
Our client was a young man in his 20s who had been charged for the second time with a Felony DWI and unlicensed driving in Westchester, New York. Every county in New York State is particularly tough on DWI offenses. In this instance, he was driving in a car with another passenger when he lost control of the vehicle and drove onto the front lawn of a woman’s home, causing extensive property damage. Our client remained on the scene and eventually blew a .21 blood alcohol content (BAC) during the breathalyzer test, an extremely high reading.