|Better Days: Chris Campos & friends|
GA has been asked for news about United States of America vs Julio Alvarez, Christopher Campos, Marco Blasio and Geuris Ramos; press and the U.S. Attorney's office in the Southern District of New York have been silent since the complaint was unsealed on March 9, 2016.
However, public interest remains strong in the criminal case involving Hoboken's former 4th Ward Councilman, Christopher Campos.
So what's new?
According to court documents obtained by GA, Campos was indicted by a Grand Jury in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York on June 7, 2016. The former Hoboken Councilman was indicted on three counts: Count One: Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud, Count Two: Bank Fraud, and Count Three: Wire Fraud.
A point of interest is Campos' switch from a (free) public defender to a gold-standard, Top Gun attorney. The documents tell the story.
Campos was arrested on March 9, 2016. The Honorable U.S. District Court Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox appointed a Public Defender to "temporarily" represent him. In the letter below, the Public Defender Jeffery G. Pittell requests to continue his representation of Campos going forward.
On March 29, 2016, Attorney Lee Vartan of Holland & Knight LLP entered for Campos, replacing his Public Defender.
Who is Lee Vartan?
As my Dad would have said, he's no schlub. People, you've got to check out his bio:
Wow. A former executive state Attorney General! Vartan's experience and credentials are superb.
GA can't imagine a defense lawyer of his caliber comes cheap. Even the lowest form of ambulance-chasing scum from states like Ohio and Pennsylvania litigating $2,000.000 shakedowns don't come cheap.
So, how does one go from not having funds for a retainer to hiring this guy?