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Scammers Involved in Ponzi Scheme Plead to Court for Release Amid Coronavirus Threat

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Mar 25, 2020

The new virus questions the health system of the world as new cases of Coronavirus emerging at rapid speed while deaths are approaching 20,000 worldwide. Two prisoners accused of cryptocurrency scam seek help from the court amid Coronavirus’s concerns.

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Accused of Scamming more than $722 Million

Two men, which are said to be responsible for scamming more than $722 million, ask the federal court of New Jersey for release temporarily due to COVID-19 fear. Both were accused of involvement in scamming through a Ponzi scheme known as BitClub Network.

The attorneys of both Jobadiah Sinclair Weeks and Matthew Brent Goettsche plead to court amid Coronavirus threat. They claim that the New Jersey-based prison Essex County Correctional Facility is not well known for providing good health facilities to prisoners.

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Rodney Villazor, the lawyer of Goettsche, puts the case in court revealing how Coronavirus can infect Mr. Goettsche:

‘’It is not a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when’ the DOC has its own COVID-19 outbreak… Once the virus is introduced, it will be nearly impossible to stop its spread… The risk to Mr. Goettsche’s health and safety grows with each day that he remains incarcerated at the DOC.’’

Similarly, the attorney representing Mr.Weeks also warned the court about how bad is the foodservice of the Essex County Correctional Facility. According to Mr.Weeks’s lawyer,’’ Given the noted risks of illness through inadequate food service and environmental safety at the Essex County Correctional Facility, a swift outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility is virtually inevitable.’’

Both lawyers also adopt the statement that there are not feasible conditions to move on the proceedings of the case normally because of spreading COVID-19. It is impossible to solve the case virtually as there will be no personal contact between clients and lawyers.

The legal representative of Mr.Weeks commented:

‘’Mr. Weeks cannot access this information electronically; he cannot participate in an online/virtual meeting with counsel… In short, continued detention of Mr. Weeks during this pandemic cripples his ability to participate in the development of his defense.’’

On Monday, Weeks’s Attorney said while talking to Law360:

‘’These are scary times for everyone, and especially for people who are not allowed to protect themselves in the ways the rest of us are trying to. Joby Weeks just wants to stay healthy and be in a place where he can safely prepare for his day in court.’’

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