- Two men suspected of being operators in a Ponzi scheme have just requested that they’re released from jail due to the worries of coronavirus.
- Matthew Goettsche and Jobadiah Weeks submitted separate motions petitioning the Essex County correctional facility for their release.
Two men who were suspected of being operators in a Ponzi scheme have just requested that a New Jersey federal court grants they’re released from jail due to the worries that the facility will soon host an outbreak of coronavirus.
Matthew Goettsche and Jobadiah Weeks submitted separate motions petitioning the Essex County correctional facility in Newark, New Jersey for their release on the 20th of March and the 23rd of March, respectively.
The attorney for Goettsche, Rodney Villazor said that it isn’t a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’ in regards to when the facility will host an outbreak of the disease. The lawyer made the argument that once the virus reaches the facility, it will be extremely hard to stop it from spreading around. Everyday that his clients stay in the facility, the health and safety aspect worry grows.
According to the representation from Weeks, the jail has a significantly poor record of maintaining the health of its inmates.
He noted the findings of the United States Department of Homeland Security who said last year that the facility in question poses a significant threat to the health and safety of its inmates.
Weeks lawyer made the argument:
“Given the noted risks of illness through inadequate food service and environmental safety at the Essex County Correctional Facility, a swift outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility is virtually inevitable.”
For those that don’t know, both of the inmates as well as to other defendants, have been accused of operating a $722 million Ponzi scheme from 2014 to December last year. This was under the pseudonym of running the cryptocurrency mining pool BitClub Network.