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Friday, October 25, 2019

DAVID DAMANTE'S REVOCATION HEARING DELAYED: Damante Due Back In Nevada Later Today; Judge Approves Delay Over Federal Prosecutor's Objection

October 28 revocation of supervised release hearing rescheduled

United States District Judge Andrew P. Gordon yesterday ordered that David Damante's revocation hearing, originally scheduled for Monday, October 28, be delayed until November 12.

According to a motion filed October 23 on Damante's behalf by Assistant Federal Public Defender Andrew Wong, on the day of his initial court appearance (October 3), Damante’s mother had a stroke and was admitted to a Sacramento hospital. 

On October 5, Damante’s mother passed away, according to court documents. 

Damante later contacted Federal Public Defender Sylvia Irvin, who “worked with the Probation Office to allow Damante to travel to Sacramento to pay respects to his mother and to spend time with his brother and family.”

Damante is expected to return to Las Vegas from Sacramento today.

Forgive me for being skeptical, but I'm having a hard time buying this.

Aside from not being able to locate a death notice for his mother in any Sacramento-related obituary site, Damante has a history of concocting and conflating circumstances involving the health of  family members—including the brother cited in the October 23 motion.

As Damante's brother is a private citizen, and not under federal supervision, I'm not revealing his name.

However, in a letter submitted July 23, 2014 on Damante's behalf by Michael Frantz of Jail Time Consulting LLC (a white-collar offender who spent thirty-six months of a fifty-one month sentence in a “Low Security Federal Correctional Institution” in Miami, Florida), Damante's brother is described as having “stage 4 brain cancer”.

Although Damante's brother was diagnosed with a form of cancer in 2002, by 2007 he had recovered and graduated from college.  His story was featured on local news, and he is currently alive and well.

The more things change, the more they remain the same.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

SENTENCING DELAYED FOR THE “CROOKED CHIROPRACTOR”: Admitted Fraudster Robert Buckhannon's November 12 Sentencing Hearing Pushed Into 2020

Olga Buckhannon with husband Rob
Second sentencing delay for Buckhannon in On Deck Bar fraud case

The sentencing hearing for Robert Buckhannon, who plead guilty May 30, 2019 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, has been rescheduled. 

Originally set for November 6, 2019, and moved to November 12, 2019, the hearing has been moved to February 13, 2020. 


The plea deal stems from a criminal indictment filed August 8, 2018 against Buckhannon and co-defendant, former fiancĂ© Kelly DeMoss. 

As detailed in his plea agreement, Buckhannon admitted his role in a scheme to defraud Blackburne & Sons Realty Capital Corporation, perpetrated with DeMoss. 

But, if Buckhannon's history in a $34 million hedge fund fraud case filed in October 2014 is any predictor (he dodged a criminal trial in that case for nearly four years, ultimately pleading guilty in 2018 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud resulting in a three-year probation term), that sentencing will likely be moved again and again. 

Federal court records do not indicate a reason for the delay, but one wonders if it might have been moved to allow for an investigation of some seamy scam run by Buckhannon and his wife, Olga, out of a shabby little office in Las Vegas?

Just sayin'.