Thursday, October 26, 2006
VOH: Mistrial in Rivera Case
The strange saga of an alleged conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering (involving a pyramid scheme committed by one of the men) that may have involved two men (one, Robert Hall, was convicted at trial to some charges, and pled guilty to others) who served as Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners in 6C (Hall resigned from his seat after moving out of district, and current Commissioner Anthony Rivera replaced him after an election). An additional man, involved in business with Mr. Hall was just acquitted at trial (notably, an expert testified that this defendant's name had been forged on a key document). Mr. Rivera has been on trial for a number of charges involving the laundering and movement of funds generated by Mr. Hall's ponzi scheme. In yet another twist this trial has ended in a hung jury (9-2-1). A retrial undoubtedly looms in Mr. Rivera's future (as does an election, since his name is on the November 7th ballot). Get the full coverage from Voice of the Hill.