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Text of the plea agreement entered into by Fabio Frazzetto for conspiring to help U.S. taxpayer-clients hide their assets
U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Southern District of New York
January 19, 2016
David B. Weinstein, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
2101 L Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
Re: United States v. Fabio Frazzetto
Dear Mr. Weinstein:
This prosecution and the protection against prosecution set forth below have been approved by the Tax Division, Department of Justice.
On the understandings specified below, the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York ("this Office") will accept a guilty plea from Fabio Frazzetto (the "defendant") to the above-referenced superseding Information (the "Information") charging him with a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, in connection with a conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, to evade federal income taxes, and to file false federal income tax returns. This charge carries a maximum sentence of five years' imprisonment, a maximum term of three years' supervised release, a maximum fine under 18 U.S.C. § 3571(d) of the greatest of $250,000, twice the gross pecuniary gain derived from the offense, or twice the gross pecuniary loss to the United States, a mandatory $100 special assessment, and the costs of prosecution.
It is further understood that the defendant shall make restitution in an amount to be specified by the Court in accordance with 18 U.S.C. §§ 3663, 3663A, and 3664. This amount shall be paid according to a plan established by the Court. The defendant understands and agrees that such restitution shall include the disgorgement of any fees generated from the criminal conduct charged in the Information, to be paid to the Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS").
It is understood that the defendant (a) shall truthfully and completely disclose all information with respect to the activities of himself and others concerning all matters about which this Office inquires of him, which information can be used for any purpose; (b) shall cooperate fully with this Office, the IRS, and any other law enforcement agency designated by this Office; (c) shall attend all meetings at which this Office requests his presence; (d) shall provide to this Office, upon request, any document, record, or other tangible evidence relating to matters about which this Office or any designated law enforcement agency inquires of him; (e) shall truthfully testify before the grand jury and at any trial and other court proceeding with respect to any matters about which this Office may request his testimony; (f) shall bring to this Office's attention all crimes which he has committed, and all administrative, civil, or criminal proceedings, investigations, or prosecutions in which he has been or is a subject, target, party, or witness; and, (g) shall commit no further crimes whatsoever. Moreover, any assistance the defendant may provide to federal criminal investigators shall be pursuant to the specific instructions and control of this Office and designated investigators.
If the defendant fully complies with the understandings specified in this Agreement, he will not be further prosecuted criminally by this Office, and, with respect to tax offenses, the Tax Division, Department of Justice, for any crimes related to his participation in a conspiracy, between the 1990s and 2010, to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, to evade federal income taxes, and to file false federal income tax returns, as charged in the Information, to the extent that he has disclosed such participation to this Office as of the date of this Agreement. This Agreement does not provide any protection against prosecution for any crimes except as set forth above.
It is understood that, this Agreement does not bind any federal, state, or local prosecuting authority other than this Office and, to the extent set forth above, the Tax Division, Department of Justice. This Office will, however, bring the cooperation of the defendant to the attention of other prosecuting offices, if requested by him.
It is understood that the sentence to be imposed upon the defendant is within the sole discretion of the Court. This Office cannot, and does not, make any promise or representation as to what sentence the defendant will receive, and will not recommend any specific sentence to the Court. However, this Office will inform the Probation Office and the Court of (a) this Agreement; (b) the nature and extent of the defendant's activities with respect to this case and all other activities of the defendant which this Office deems relevant to sentencing; and (c) the nature and extent of the defendant's cooperation with this Office. In so doing, this Office may use any information it deems relevant, including information provided by the defendant both prior to and subsequent to the signing of this Agreement. In addition, if this Office determines that the defendant has provided substantial assistance in an investigation or prosecution, and if he has fully complied with the understandings specified in this Agreement, this Office will file a motion, pursuant to Section 5K1.1 of the Sentencing Guidelines, requesting the Court to sentence the defendant in light of the factors set forth in Section 5K1.1 (a)(1)-(5). It is understood that, even if such a motion is filed, the sentence to be imposed on the defendant remains within the sole discretion of the Court. Moreover, nothing in this Agreement limits this Office's right to present any facts and make any arguments relevant to sentencing to the Probation Office and the Court, or to take any position on post-sentencing motions. The defendant hereby consents to such adjournments of his sentence as may be requested by this Office.
It is understood that, should this Office determine that the defendant has not provided substantial assistance in an investigation or prosecution, or has violated any provision of this Agreement, such a determination will release this Office from any obligation to file a motion pursuant to Section 5K1.1 of the Sentencing Guidelines, but will not entitle the defendant to withdraw his guilty plea once it has been entered.
It is understood that, should this Office determine, subsequent to the filing of a motion pursuant to Section 5K1.1 of the Sentencing Guidelines, that the defendant has violated any provision of this Agreement, this Office shall have the right to withdraw such motion.
It is understood that, should the defendant commit any further crimes or should it be determined that he has given false, incomplete, or misleading testimony or information, or should he otherwise violate any provision of this Agreement, the defendant shall thereafter be subject to prosecution for any federal criminal violation of which this Office has knowledge, including perjury and obstruction of justice. Any such prosecution that is not time-barred by the applicable statute of limitations on the date of the signing of this Agreement may be commenced against the defendant, notwithstanding the expiration of the statute of limitations between the signing of this Agreement and the commencement of such prosecution. It is the intent of this Agreement to waive all defenses based on the statute of limitations with respect to any prosecution that is not time-barred on the date that this Agreement is signed.
It is understood that in the event that it is determined that the defendant has committed any further crimes, given false, incomplete, or misleading testimony or information, or otherwise violated any provision of this Agreement, (a) all statements made by the defendant to this Office or other designated law enforcement agents, and any testimony given by the defendant before a grand jury or other tribunal, whether prior to or subsequent to the signing of this Agreement, and any leads from such statements or testimony shall be admissible in evidence in any criminal proceeding brought against the defendant; and (b) the defendant shall assert no claim under the United States Constitution, any statute, Rule 410 of the Federal Rules of Evidence, or any other federal rule that such statements or any leads therefrom should be suppressed. It is the intent of this Agreement to waive all rights in the foregoing respects.
The defendant hereby acknowledges that he has accepted this Agreement and decided to plead guilty because he is in fact guilty. By entering this plea of guilty, the defendant waives any and all right to withdraw his plea or to attack his conviction, either on direct appeal or collaterally, on the ground that the Government has failed to produce any discovery material, Jencks Act material, exculpatory material pursuant to Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963). other than information establishing the factual innocence of the defendant, and impeachment material pursuant to Giglio v. United States, 405 U.S. 150 (1972), that has not already been produced as of the date of the signing of this Agreement.
The defendant recognizes that, if he is not a citizen of the United States, his guilty plea and conviction make it very likely that his deportation from the United States is presumptively mandatory and that, at a minimum, he is at risk of being deported or suffering other adverse immigration consequences. The defendant acknowledges that he has discussed the possible immigration consequences (including deportation) of his guilty plea and conviction with defense counsel. The defendant affirms that he wants to plead guilty regardless of any immigration consequences that may result from the guilty plea and conviction, even if those consequences include deportation from the United States. It is agreed that the defendant will have no right to withdraw his guilty plea based on any actual or perceived adverse immigration consequences (including deportation) resulting from the guilty plea and conviction. It is further agreed that the defendant will not challenge his conviction or sentence on direct appeal, or through litigation under Title 28. United States Code. Section 2255 and/or Section 2241, on the basis of any actual or perceived adverse immigration consequences (including deportation) resulting from his guilty plea and conviction.
The defendant hereby consents to prosecution on the charge contained in the Information in the Southern District of New York and waives any right to challenge such prosecution on the basis of venue.
This Agreement supersedes any prior understandings, promises, or conditions between this Office, the Tax Division, Department of Justice, and the defendant. No additional understandings, promises, or conditions have been entered into other than those set forth in this Agreement, and none will be entered into unless in writing and signed by all parties.
Very truly yours, PREET BHARARA
United States Attorney
By: Sarah E. Paul/Jason H. Cowley
Assistant United States Attorneys
APPROVED: DANIEL STEIN
Chief, Criminal Division
AGREED AND CONSENTED TO Fabio Frazzetto 3.2.2016
APPROVED: David B. Weinstein, Esq.
Attorney for Fabio Frazzetto
3 February 2016
Corruption and Organized Crime
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