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    Tuesday, July 25, 2017-8:40:52A.M.

     

     

     

     

     

Feds to redact indictments against defendants in labor-fraud case

ASSISTANT U.S. Attorney James S. Benedetto told the federal court during Friday’s pre-trial conference that the U.S. government will redact the indictments and make a motion to dismiss some counts against the six defendants in an illegal-labor-contracting case.

The U.S. government filed a superseding indictment charging Muksedur Rahman and his co-conspirators on 17 counts of mail fraud, fraud in foreign-labor contracting, fraud and misuse of visas and permits.

The other defendants are David Trung Quoc Phan, president of United Brothers, doing business as TBK Auto Care; his girlfriend Analyn Nunez; Rahman’s wife, Shahinur Akter; Rafiqul Islam; and Zeaur Rahman Dalu.

Benedetto also updated the court regarding the transcript translations of alleged communications of the defendants to the families of the alleged victims in Bangladesh.

He told the court that they are still conducting interviews with witnesses who were present when the alleged cash payments were made by the victims to Rahman’s relatives.

Bank records that will corroborate the alleged payments, he said, will be available soon and will be passed on to the defendants’ attorneys once received.

Benedetto said integral to the scheme to defraud was the collection of large amounts of money — roughly between $15,000 and $20,000 from each of the 12 named victims in the case.

He told the court that he will have a written update on July 24, on which count the prosecution will proceed.

Attorneys David Banes, Janet King, Ben Petersburg, Robert Torres, Charles P. Reyes Jr. and Steven Pixley appeared for the defendants at the pretrial conference.

The six defendants pled not guilty to the charges. Their jury trial will start on Aug. 1, 2017.