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U.S. District Court
Eastern District of Virginia - (Alexandria)
CRIMINAL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 1:09-cr-00206-GBL-3


Case title: USA v. Cobos et al
Magistrate judge case number: 1:09-mj-00248-JFA

Date Filed: 05/06/2009
Date Terminated: 12/22/2009

Assigned to: District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee

Defendant (3)
Sima Salazar Group
TERMINATED: 12/22/2009
doing business as
Pro-Sima
TERMINATED: 12/22/2009
doing business as
SSG
TERMINATED: 12/22/2009
doing business as
Sima International
TERMINATED: 12/22/2009
doing business as
Salazarco
TERMINATED: 12/22/2009
doing business as
Pro-Sima International
TERMINATED: 12/22/2009
represented byAimee Marie Simpson
Schertler & Onorato LLP
575 7th Street NW
Suite 300 South
Washington, DC 20004
202-628-4199
Fax: 202-628-4177
Email: asimpson@schertlerlaw.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Designation: Retained

Pending Counts

Disposition
18 USC 371, and pursuant to the extraterritorial venue provision, Title 18 USC 3238 Conspiracy (Ct. 1: 4/6/09) FORFEITURE
(1)
$400 SA on ea. of Ct. 1,2 ($800 total). $150,000 jtly. and severally.
18 USC 201(b)(1)(A)&(C), and pursuant to the extraterritorial venue provision, Title 18 USC 3238 Bribery of a Public Official (Ct. 2: 4/09) FORFEITURE
(2)
$400 SA on ea. of Ct. 1,2 ($800 total). $150,000 jtly. and severally.

Highest Offense Level (Opening)
Felony

Terminated Counts

Disposition
None

Highest Offense Level (Terminated)
None

Complaints

Disposition
18:201 and 371 Conspiracy to Commit Bribery


Plaintiff
USA represented byJames P. Gillis
United States Attorney's Office
2100 Jamieson Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-3897
Fax: (703) 299-3982
Email: james.p.gillis@usdoj.gov
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Mark Lytle
United States Attorney's Office
2100 Jamieson Ave
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703)299-3700
Email: mark.lytle@usdoj.gov
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Finnuala M. Kelleher
U S Department of Justice
450 5th St NW
Suite 11300
Washington, DC 20530
**NA**
202-307-5785
Email: finnuala.kelleher@usdoj.gov
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Jessica Lynn Covell
U S Department of Justice
450 5th St NW
Suite 11300
Washington, DC 20530
**NA**
202-353-2259
Email: jessica.covell@usdoj.gov
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Date Filed #Docket Text
04/03/20091COMPLAINT as to Dinorah Cobos (1), Raymond Azar (2), Sima Salazar Group (3). (jlan) [1:09-mj-00248-JFA] (Entered: 04/06/2009)
04/03/20092AFFIDAVIT by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group 1 Complaint (jlan) [1:09-mj-00248-JFA] (Entered: 04/06/2009)
04/03/20093 MOTION to Seal Case by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (jlan) [1:09-mj-00248-JFA] (Entered: 04/06/2009)
04/03/20094ORDER granting 3 Motion to Seal Case as to Dinorah Cobos (1), Raymond Azar (2), Sima Salazar Group (3). Signed by Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson on 04/03/2009. (jlan) [1:09-mj-00248-JFA] (Entered: 04/06/2009)
04/03/20096Summons Issued in case as to Sima Salazar Group Initial Appearance set for 4/17/2009 at 09:30 AM before Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson. (jlan) (jlan, ). [1:09-mj-00248-JFA] (Entered: 04/06/2009)
04/10/200918Summons Returned Executed on 04/03/2009 as to Sima Salazar Group (jlan) [1:09-mj-00248-JFA] (Entered: 04/10/2009)
04/17/200921Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson:Initial Appearance as to Sima Salazar Group held on 4/17/2009. USA appeared through; M. Pletcher. Defendant is represented by Davis Ralston. Counsel for the defendant advised of charges and penalties. Preliminary hearing is set for 05/06/2009 at 2:00 p.m. Preliminary Examination set for 5/6/2009 02:00 PM before Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson. (Tape #ftr.) (nbla, ) [1:09-mj-00248-JFA] (Entered: 04/17/2009)
05/06/200927INDICTMENT as to Dinorah Cobos (1) count(s) 1, 2, Raymond Azar (2) count(s) 1, Sima Salazar Group (3) count(s) 1, 2. (Attachments: # 1 Criminal Cover Sheet) (sbak, ) (Entered: 05/13/2009)
05/12/200926Sealed Document. (rban, ) (Entered: 05/12/2009)
05/14/200931NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Aimee Marie Simpson appearing for Sima Salazar Group (Simpson, Aimee) (Entered: 05/14/2009)
05/14/200932Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Ivan D. Davis:Motion Hearing as to Raymond Azar held on 5/14/2009 re 24 MOTION for Reconsideration of Pretrial Detention Order filed by Raymond Azar. US appeared through Mark Pletcher. Defendant appeared in custody with counsel Michael Elston. Arabic Interpreter is present and sworn. Counsel does not dispute information in Pretrial Report & Addendum. Counsel heard on reconsideration motion filed 5/7/2009- granted. Defendant provided with bond conditions. No release until all conditions are met. Defendant remanded. (Tape #FTR.) (vdel, ) Modified on 5/14/2009 (vdel, ). (Entered: 05/14/2009)
05/14/200935ORDERED that this matter is scheduled for a trial by jury to commence on Monday, September 14, 2009, at 10 a.m. It is further ORDERED that a pre-trial motions hearing is scheduled for Friday July 17, 2009 at, 9 a.m. All motions are to be filed by June 22, 2009, and all responses are due by July 7, 2009. It is further ORDERED that should either party file a motion requiring the presentation of witnesses and/or evidence, that party is to contact chambers contemporaneous with the filing of said motion to set a date certain for oral argument on a date other than a Friday. No motions to suppress evidence will be heard on Fridays. It is further ORDERED that the parties are to submit two (2) courtesy copies of all filings directly to chambers as to Sima Salazar Group. Signed by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 5/14/09. (sbak, ) Modified on 5/18/2009 (sbak, ). (Entered: 05/15/2009)
05/14/2009  Set Hearings as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group: Jury Trial set for 9/14/2009 at 10:00 AM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. (sbak, ) (Entered: 05/18/2009)
05/14/2009  Set Deadlines re Motion in case as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group Motion Hearing set for 7/17/2009 at 09:00 AM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. (sbak, ) (Entered: 05/18/2009)
05/14/200938Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee:Arraignment as to Dinorah Cobos (1) Count 1,2 and Raymond Azar (2) Count 1 and Sima Salazar Group (3) Count 1,2 held on 5/14/2009. Defts waived formal arr., pled not guilty to the Indictment, and demanded a trial by jury. Jury Trial set for 9/14/2009 (up to 3 weeks) at 10:00 AM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. Motion Hearing set for 7/17/2009 at 09:00 AM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. All motions are due 6/22/09. Responses are due 7/7/09. Counsel to call chambers to set a non-Friday hearing if there will be evidence or a long suppression hearing. Oral motion re: search warrant - granted. Oral motion for 3 defts to waive speedy trial not accepted by the Court: Counsel directed to file papers waivers for all. Appearances: Jim Gillis/Mark Pletcher and Finula [unintelligible] for USA; Defts w/ counsel as follows: Roscoe Howard/Shelly Torig for Dinorah Cobos; Michael Elson for Raymond Azar and also Farsi interpreter present; Danny Onorato, pro hac vice granted, for corporate Defts. Cobos and Azar remanded. (Court Reporter R. Wilson.) (tbul, ) Corrected errors on 5/18/2009 (tbul, ). (Entered: 05/18/2009)
05/14/2009   ORAL MOTION IN OPEN COURT to Unseal Search Warrant, as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (tbul, ) (Entered: 05/21/2009)
05/14/2009  ORAL ORDER granting the [ORAL] Motion to Unseal Search Warrant as to Dinorah Cobos (1), Raymond Azar (2), Sima Salazar Group (3). Proposed order received by chambers sent to the magistrate judge for usual processing of motions to unseal a search warrant. By by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 5/14/09. (tbul, ) (Entered: 05/21/2009)
05/14/200943WAIVER of Speedy Trial filed in open court by Sima Salazar Group (tbul, ) (Entered: 05/21/2009)
05/14/200945ORDER for Pro hac vice of Danny C. Onorato, Schertler & Onorato LLP, 202-628-4199 Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 14683005951.. /s/ by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 5/14/09. (tbul, ) (Additional attachment(s) added on 6/4/2009: # 1 Receipt) (klau, ). (Entered: 05/22/2009)
06/12/200946TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings held on May 14, 2009, before Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. Court Reporter/Transcriber Renecia A. Wilson, Telephone number 703-501-1580. Transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained Deadline set for 8/12/2009. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 9/10/2009.(wilson, renecia) (Entered: 06/12/2009)
06/15/200949AGREED DISCOVERY ORDER as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. Signed by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 6/15/09. (sbak, ) (Entered: 06/16/2009)
06/18/200951Notice of Filing of Official Transcript re 46 Transcript. (sbak, ) (Entered: 06/18/2009)
06/22/200953 MOTION in Limine by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Gillis, James) (Entered: 06/22/2009)
06/22/200955First MOTION to Suppress Statements by Raymond Azar as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Attachments: # 4 Exhibit)(Maginnis, Edward) (Entered: 06/22/2009)
06/22/200956First MOTION to Sever Defendant Trial by Raymond Azar as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Attachments: # 3 Exhibit)(Maginnis, Edward) (Entered: 06/22/2009)
06/22/200957First MOTION to Dismiss Indictment on the Basis of Governmental Misconduct by Raymond Azar as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Attachments: # 2 Exhibit)(Maginnis, Edward) (Entered: 06/22/2009)
06/22/200959Joint MOTION for Bill of Particulars or Dismiss Indictment by Sima Salazar Group as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Simpson, Aimee) (Entered: 06/22/2009)
06/22/200960Joint MOTION to Take Deposition Pursuant to Rule 15(a) by Sima Salazar Group as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Simpson, Aimee) (Entered: 06/22/2009)
06/22/200961Joint MOTION for Release of Brady Materials and Discovery by Sima Salazar Group as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Attachments: # 2 Proposed Order)(Simpson, Aimee) (Entered: 06/22/2009)
06/22/200962 MOTION to Strike All d/b/a Entities for Surplusage by Sima Salazar Group as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Simpson, Aimee) (Entered: 06/22/2009)
06/23/200963 MOTION to Adopt Defendant Raymond Azar's "Motion to Sever Trial" by Sima Salazar Group. (Simpson, Aimee) (Entered: 06/23/2009)
06/23/200986Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Ivan D. Davis:Motion Hearing as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group held on 6/23/2009 re 47 MOTION to Amend/Correct 40 Order Setting Conditions of Release filed by Dinorah Cobos. USA appeared through Mike Fletcher. Deft appeared with Roscoe Howard and Kelly Thorne. Argument heard as to Order Setting Conditions of Release be amended -GRANTED. Gov't requested that the bond remand the same - DENIED. Conditions of Release - amended to $30,000. Deft remanded to the custody of the USMS until conditions are met.(Tape #FTR.) (dhoo, ) (Entered: 07/15/2009)
06/26/2009  Set/Reset Hearings as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group: Conference Call set for 6/30/2009 at 11:00 AM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. Court rptr. requested. (tbul, ) (Entered: 06/26/2009)
06/26/200966First MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 58 MOTION to Dismiss Indictment on the Basis of Governmental Misconduct, 57 First MOTION to Dismiss Indictment on the Basis of Governmental Misconduct by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Kelleher, Finnuala) (Entered: 06/26/2009)
06/29/2009  Notice of Correction The filing user has been notified that the attachment (insert attachment name here, e.g proposed order, proposed pleading, or exhibits/affidavits) was erroneously combined with the main document re 57 First MOTION to Dismiss Indictment on the Basis of Gove (jlan, ) (Entered: 06/29/2009)
07/01/200967 Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee:Telephone Conference Call as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group held on 7/1/2009 (Court Reporter NONE.) (tbul, ) (Entered: 07/01/2009)
07/01/200968ORDERED that the Motion to Suppress Statements and Motions to Dismis Indictment on the Basis of Governmental Misconduct will be heard on 8/18 and 8/19 from 9:30AM to 5:00PM; that the parties brief the Court on teleconferencing capabilities available for taking Fed. R. Crim. 15(a) depositions should the Court grant Defendants' motion. All briefs must be submitted no later than 7/14/09 at 5PM; that the Court will hear all non-evidentiary motions on 7/17/09; that the parties submit 2 courtesy copies of all filings directly to chambers as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. Signed by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 7/1/2009. (rban, ) (Entered: 07/02/2009)
07/01/200969ORDER granting 66 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to Dinorah Cobos (1), Raymond Azar (2), Sima Salazar Group (3). ORDERED that the US time to respond to these three motions is extended to 7/21/09, and the defendants are granted until 7/30/09 to file any replies. Signed by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 7/1/2009. (rban, ) (Entered: 07/02/2009)
07/06/2009  Set/Reset Deadlines re Motion or Report and Recommendation in case as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group 57 First MOTION to Dismiss Indictment on the Basis of Governmental Misconduct. Motion Hearing set for 8/18/2009 at 09:30 AM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. Forwarded to Y. Guyton, for Farsi interpreter(s). (tbul, ) (Entered: 07/06/2009)
07/07/200971RESPONSE to Motion by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 61 MOTION for Release of Brady Materials (Kelleher, Finnuala) (Entered: 07/07/2009)
07/07/200972RESPONSE to Motion by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 59 MOTION for Bill of Particulars (Kelleher, Finnuala) (Entered: 07/07/2009)
07/07/200973RESPONSE to Motion by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 4 Exhibit D)(Covell, Jessica) (Entered: 07/07/2009)
07/07/200974RESPONSE to Motion by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 8 Exhibit H)(Covell, Jessica) (Entered: 07/07/2009)
07/07/200975RESPONSE to Motion by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 1 Exhibit A)(Covell, Jessica) (Entered: 07/07/2009)
07/07/200976Opposition by Raymond Azar as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 2 Exhibit A)(Maginnis, Edward) (Entered: 07/07/2009)
07/07/200977CERTIFICATE of Service for Defendants' Joint Opposition to the Motion in Limine of the United States to Preclude Evidence and Argument Aimed at Jury Nullification re 76 Opposition, (Maginnis, Edward) (Entered: 07/07/2009)
07/09/2009  Set/Reset Deadlines re: Motion or Report and Recommendation in case as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group 57 First MOTION to Dismiss Indictment on the Basis of Governmental Misconduct. Motion Hearing set for 8/18/2009 at 09:30 AM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee (and continuing through 8/19/09 if necessary). Interpreters requested. (tbul, ) (Entered: 07/09/2009)
07/10/200978REPLY TO RESPONSE to by Sima Salazar Group Reply to Goverment Response to Rule 15 Motion (Simpson, Aimee) (Entered: 07/10/2009)
07/10/200979REPLY TO RESPONSE to by Sima Salazar Group Reply to Goverment Response to Motion to Compel Brady (Simpson, Aimee) (Entered: 07/10/2009)
07/10/200980REPLY TO RESPONSE to by Sima Salazar Group Reply to Government Response to Motion to Strike Surplusage (Simpson, Aimee) (Entered: 07/10/2009)
07/10/200981REPLY TO RESPONSE to by Raymond Azar as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 2 Exhibit 2)(Maginnis, Edward) (Entered: 07/10/2009)
07/10/200982REPLY TO RESPONSE to by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group Motion In Limine To Preclude Evidence And Argument Aimed At Jury Nullification (Kelleher, Finnuala) (Entered: 07/10/2009)
07/10/200983REPLY TO RESPONSE to by Sima Salazar Group Reply to Government Reponse to Motion to Dismiss or Bill of Particulars (Simpson, Aimee) (Entered: 07/10/2009)
07/14/200984Memorandum by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group Regarding Video Conferencing Capabilities In Afghanistan (Covell, Jessica) (Entered: 07/14/2009)
07/14/200985NOTICE of Filing by Sima Salazar Group (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Simpson, Aimee) (Entered: 07/14/2009)
07/17/200987Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee:Motion Hearing as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group held on 7/17/2009 re: 61 MOTION for Release of Brady Materials filed by Sima Salazar Group (heard, findings stated, and granted as to certain documents), 60 MOTION to Take Rule 15 Deposition filed by Sima Salazar Group (heard. findings stated, and denied). Appearances: Mark Pletcher, Jim Gillis, et al. for USA; Roscoe Howard, Edward Maginnis, Jim Hibey, Aimee Simpson, Danny Onorato, et al. for Defts. Lebanese Arabic interpreter for Deft Azar, Hassiba Hassaine-Treece. Deft Azar cont'd. on bond. Deft Cobos remanded. (Court Reporter R. Wilson.) (tbul, ) (Entered: 07/21/2009)
07/21/200988RESPONSE to Motion by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 14 Exhibit N)(Covell, Jessica) (Entered: 07/21/2009)
07/21/200989RESPONSE to Motion by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 57 MOTION to Dismiss, 58 MOTION to Dismiss Indictment on the Basis of Governmental Misconduct (Kelleher, Finnuala) (Entered: 07/21/2009)
07/22/200990ORDER denying 62 Motion to Strike as to Dinorah Cobos (1), Raymond Azar (2), Sima Salazar Group (3). Signed by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 7/22/2009. (rban, ) (Entered: 07/22/2009)
07/22/200991ORDER denying 60 Motion to Take Deposition as to Dinorah Cobos (1), Raymond Azar (2), Sima Salazar Group (3). Signed by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 7/22/2009. (rban, ) (Entered: 07/22/2009)
07/22/200992ORDER denying 53 Motion in Limine as to Dinorah Cobos (1), Raymond Azar (2), Sima Salazar Group (3). Signed by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 7/22/2009. (rban, ) (Entered: 07/22/2009)
07/22/200993ORDER denying 59 Motion for Bill of Particulars as to Dinorah Cobos (1), Raymond Azar (2), Sima Salazar Group (3). Signed by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 7/22/2009. (rban, ) (Entered: 07/22/2009)
07/22/200994ORDER denying 56 Motion to Sever Defendant as to Dinorah Cobos (1), Raymond Azar (2), Sima Salazar Group (3). Signed by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 7/22/2009. (rban, ) (Entered: 07/22/2009)
07/29/200997ORDER granting 63 Motion to Adopt as to Sima Salazar Group (3). Signed by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 7/29/2009. (rban, ) (Entered: 07/29/2009)
07/30/200998REPLY TO RESPONSE to by Raymond Azar as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 1 Exhibit 1)(Maginnis, Edward) (Entered: 07/30/2009)
07/30/200999REPLY TO RESPONSE to by Raymond Azar as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 1 Exhibit 1)(Maginnis, Edward) (Entered: 07/30/2009)
07/30/2009100REPLY TO RESPONSE to by Dinorah Cobos as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 89 Response to Motion of the USA to Defendants' Motions to Dismiss the Indictment on the Basis of Government Misconduct (Howard, Roscoe) (Entered: 07/30/2009)
08/03/2009101TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings held on July 17, 2009, before Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. Court Reporter/Transcriber Renecia A. Wilson, Telephone number 703-501-1580. Transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained Deadline set for 10/5/2009. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 11/2/2009.(wilson, renecia) (Entered: 08/03/2009)
08/03/2009102Notice of Filing of Official Transcript re 101 Transcript (sbak, ) (Entered: 08/05/2009)
08/07/2009103AFFIDAVIT by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group 87 Motion Hearing,,, (Covell, Jessica) (Entered: 08/07/2009)
08/10/2009115ORDER granting in part and denying in part Defendants' 61 Motion for Release of Brady and Discovery Materials as to Dinorah Cobos (1), Raymond Azar (2), Sima Salazar Group (3), heard on 7/17/09 (see Order for Details). /s/ by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 8/10/09. (tbul, ) (Entered: 08/20/2009)
08/14/2009  TERMINATED motion hearing deadlines for Tues. and Wed., August 18 and 19 for proceedings held before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee; TERMINATED all day August 18 and 19 two Lebanese Arabic interps. previously requested for Deft Azar; REQUESTED 11:00 - noon on Wed. August 19 one Lebanese Arabic interp. (tbul, ) (Entered: 08/14/2009)
08/14/2009104Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee:Telephone Status Conf. as to Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group held on 8/14/2009. Appearances: Mark Pletcher for USA; Defts represented by counsel, Aimee Simpson and Danny Onorato for corp. Deft and Jim Hibey and Joe Walker for Deft Azar. Agreements in principle have been reached between gov't. and each of these defts. Azar's plea will be set for 11:00 on 8/19/09 (co-deft Cobos' plea was already set for 9:30 on 8/18/09.) Court will issue an order granting the gov't request for ext. of time on discovery matters now due, for one week, until 8/21/09, in light of the pending settlements in these matters. (Court Reporter R. Wilson.) (tbul, ) (Entered: 08/14/2009)
08/18/2009106 MOTION to Withdraw Document 58 MOTION to Dismiss Indictment on the Basis of Governmental Misconduct by Dinorah Cobos as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Howard, Roscoe) (Entered: 08/18/2009)
08/19/2009110 MOTION for Bond Release by Raymond Azar as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Maginnis, Edward) (Entered: 08/19/2009)
08/19/2009111WITHDRAWAL of Motion by Raymond Azar as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 55 MOTION to Suppress filed by Raymond Azar (Maginnis, Edward) (Entered: 08/19/2009)
08/20/2009116ORDER as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group that for reasons stated at a status conference on 8/14/09 and in connection with the Court's 115 Order is LIFTED until further notice of the Court, and the Gov't deadline to produce material to Deft Sima Salazar Group is EXTENDED to Friday, 8/21/09 at 5:00 p.m.. /s/ by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 8/20/09. (tbul, ) (Entered: 08/20/2009)
08/21/2009118ORDERED that a status conference is set in this matter for 8/28/09 at 11:30AM as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. At that time, the parties are directed to update the Court as to whether the charges against Defendant Sima Salazar Group have been resolved and whether SSG's corporate officers have retained counsel. Signed by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 8/21/2009.

Status Conference set for 8/28/2009 at 11:30 AM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. (rban, ) (Entered: 08/24/2009)
08/21/2009119Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee:Telephone Status Conf. as to Sima Salazar Group held on 8/21/2009. Appearances: Finnuala Kellaher for USA; Danny Onorato and Aimee Simpson for Deft. Progress w/ negotiations heard. Deft's oral motion to cont. trial date for 45 days while waiving speedy trial - heard and denied. Court directed that if counsel do not have a settlement by next Friday, the trial will go forward as scheduled. Oral Order: Discovery is extended for one week, until Fri. 9/28/09. Follow-up Status Conference set for 9/28/2009 at 11:30 AM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. (Court Reporter R. Wilson.) (tbul, ) (Entered: 08/24/2009)
08/25/2009120Sealed Document. (sbak, ) (Entered: 08/26/2009)
08/28/2009121Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee:Telephone Status Conference as to Sima Salazar Group held on 8/28/2009. Mark Pletcher for USA; Danny Onorato, Aimee Simpson for Deft Corp. Progress heard. Court directed that the case will go to trial if counsel cannot settle it; set another status conf. for 2:00 p.m. on Thurs. Sept. 10th. Heard: Oral gov't motion not to produce certain discovery related to those who entered pleas - heard. Deft objected. Findings stated - denied, and gov't. to produce that info. today pursuant to the Court's Order. (Court Reporter R. Wilson.) (tbul, ) (Entered: 08/31/2009)
08/31/2009  Set/Reset Hearings as to Sima Salazar Group: Telephone Conference Call set for 9/10/2009 at02:00 PM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. (tbul, ) (Entered: 08/31/2009)
09/04/200912230 Blank Subpoenas (15 sets) issued (sbak, ) (Entered: 09/04/2009)
09/09/2009123 Proposed Jury Instructions by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group (Attachments: # 1 Appendix Proposed Jury Instructions)(Covell, Jessica) (Entered: 09/09/2009)
09/10/2009124Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee:Telephone Status Conference as to Sima Salazar Group held on 9/10/2009. Appearances: Finnuala Kellerher, Jessica Covell, Mark Lytle, and Mark Pletcher for USA; Aimee Simpson, Danny Onorato and David Shertler for corporate Deft. Parties notified the Court that they have agreement in principle, but not in writing. Oral motion to convert trial date to plea date, but extending the date until late September. Granted. Change of Plea Hearing set for 9/21/2009 at 09:15 AM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. Oral Order of Judge Lee to cancel the jury trial. Jury notified. (Court Reporter R. Wilson.) (tbul, ) (Entered: 09/10/2009)
09/10/2009  Terminate Deadlines and Hearings as to Sima Salazar Group: (tbul, ) (Entered: 09/10/2009)
09/18/2009  Set/Reset Hearings as to Sima Salazar Group: Telephone Status Conference set for 9/18/2009 at 03:00 PM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. (tbul, ) (Entered: 09/18/2009)
09/18/2009125NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE Mark Lytle appearing for USA. (Lytle, Mark) (Entered: 09/18/2009)
09/18/2009126Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee:Telephone Status Conference as to Sima Salazar Group held on 9/18/2009. Appearances: M. Lytle/ M. Pletcher/ F. Kelleher/ Jessica Kovell for USA; A. Simpson/ D. Onorato/ D. Shertler (also corporate representative) for Deft. Counsel stated client is Lebanese co. and paperwork is not completed for plea (will fax what they have to chambers). Need 3-day postponement on the plea. Change of Plea Hearing re-set for 9/24/2009 at 10:30 AM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. No interpreter is needed for this plea. Mr. Shertler will appear @ plea as corp. rep.(Court Reporter R. Wilson.) (tbul, ) (Entered: 09/18/2009)
09/18/2009127 MOTION for Speedy Trial Consent Order to Toll Speedy Trial Act by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Covell, Jessica) (Entered: 09/18/2009)
09/21/2009  Notice of Correction re 127 MOTION for Speedy Trial. An incomplete, illegible, or incorrect document was filed. The filing user has been notified to refile the document. (sbak, ) (Entered: 09/21/2009)
09/21/2009128 MOTION for Speedy Trial Consent Motion To Exclude Time Under The Speedy Trial Act by USA as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order Order To Exclude Time Under The Speedy Trial Act)(Covell, Jessica) (Entered: 09/21/2009)
09/21/2009129ORDER granting 128 Motion for Speedy Trial as to Sima Salazar Group (3). The Court finds that pursuant to 18 U.S.C. ยง 3161(h)(7)(B), the instant case presents complex issues of fact, and location of defendant Sima Salazar Group in Lebanon renders communication difficult between defendant and its counsel. For these reasons it is therefore ORDERED that the time between the date of this order and September 24, 2009 shall be excluded from the calculations under the Speedy Trial Act. Signed by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 9/21/09. (sbak, ) (Entered: 09/22/2009)
09/23/2009  Reset Hearings as to Sima Salazar Group: Plea Agreement Hearing set for 9/24/2009 at 09:00 AM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. (clar, ) (Entered: 09/23/2009)
09/23/2009  Deadlines terminated (clar, ) (Entered: 09/23/2009)
09/23/2009130ORDER for Pro hac vice of David Schertler Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 14683008579. Signed by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 9/23/09. (sbak, ) (Additional attachment(s) added on 9/25/2009: # 1 Receipt) (sbak, ). (Entered: 09/25/2009)
09/24/2009131Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee:Change of Plea Hearing as to Sima Salazar Group held on 9/24/2009. Corporate Deft under name of Pro Sima International, per counsel for corp., w/drew NG plea, PG to the pending Indictment Counts 1 and Count 2: Plea entered by Sima Salazar Group (3) Guilty Count 1,2, and the Court accepted the plea. Court noted that plea papers are faxes - counsel represented that the faxes are the orginals in this case. No PSI referral to Probation, but parties need time to work out restitution issues prior to sentencing. Sentencing set for 12/11/2009 at 09:00 AM before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. Appearances: Mark Pletcher/Jessica Kovel, w/ Mark Lytle for USA; Deft David Shertler / Aimee Simpson for Deft. (Court Reporter R. Wilson.) (tbul, ) (Entered: 09/30/2009)
09/24/2009132DEFENDANT PRO-SIMA INTERNATIONAL'S PETITION TO ENTER PLEA OF GUILTY by Sima Salazar Group (tbul, ) (Entered: 09/30/2009)
09/24/2009133PLEA AGREEMENT of Pro Sima International ("PSI") filed in open court as to Sima Salazar Group (tbul, ) (Entered: 09/30/2009)
09/24/2009134Statement of Facts filed in open court as to Pro Sima International, of Sima Salazar Group (tbul, ) Modified to specify Pro Sima on 9/30/2009 (tbul, ). (Entered: 09/30/2009)
09/24/2009135UNDER SEAL AND EX PARTE FILING by Sima Salazar Group (Pro-Sima International) (tbul, ) (Entered: 09/30/2009)
09/24/2009136REDACTED Document filed at UNDER SEAL SIDEBAR by Sima Salazar Group (Pro Sima International). Pages 1 and 2 are original; page 3 only, is redacted (orig. of page 3 is filed in the criminal Vault). (tbul, ) (Entered: 09/30/2009)
10/21/2009  Terminate Deadlines and Hearings as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (tbul, ) (Entered: 10/21/2009)
11/06/2009144Sentencing Memorandum by Dinorah Cobos as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group (Attachments: # 6 Exhibit F)(Thoerig, Kelly) Modified on 11/9/2009 (krob, ). (Entered: 11/06/2009)
11/09/2009145 MOTION to Seal by Dinorah Cobos as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Attachments: # 2 Proposed Order)(Thoerig, Kelly) (Entered: 11/09/2009)
11/09/2009146Memorandum in Support by Dinorah Cobos as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group re 145 MOTION to Seal (Non-Confidential Memorandum in Support) (Thoerig, Kelly) (Entered: 11/09/2009)
12/07/2009161SENTENCING MEMORANDUM by Sima Salazar Group as to Sima Salazar Group (Simpson, Aimee) Modified on 12/9/2009 (krob, ). (Entered: 12/07/2009)
12/10/2009162NOTICE of Supplement to Defendant's Memorandum in Aid of Sentencing by Sima Salazar Group re 1 Attachment A)(Simpson, Aimee) (Entered: 12/10/2009)
12/11/2009164Minute Entry for proceedings held before District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee:Sentencing held on 12/11/2009 for Sima Salazar Group (3). Appearances: Jessica Covell / Mark Pletcher / Mark Lytle for USA; David Shertler for corporate Deft. Deft sentenced to: Count 1: $400 SA on ea. of Ct. 1,2 ($800 total). $150,000 jtly. and severally as to both counts (total); Count 2: $400 SA on ea. of Ct. 1,2 ($800 total). $150,000 jtly. and severally as to both counts (total). Restitution Jgmt. entered and filed in open court. (Court Reporter R. Wilson.) (tbul, ) (Entered: 12/16/2009)
12/11/2009165Restitution Judgment as to Sima Salazar Group entered and filed in open court. /s/ by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 12/11/09. (tbul, ) (Entered: 12/16/2009)
12/17/2009166TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings held on September 24, 2009, before Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. Court Reporter/Transcriber Renecia A. Wilson, Telephone number 703-501-1580. Transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained Deadline set for 2/16/2010. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 3/17/2010.(wilson, renecia) (Entered: 12/17/2009)
12/17/2009167TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings held on December 11, 2009, before Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. Court Reporter/Transcriber Renecia A. Wilson, Telephone number 703-501-1580. Transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained Deadline set for 2/16/2010. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 3/17/2010.(wilson, renecia) (Entered: 12/17/2009)
12/18/2009168Notice of Filing of Official Transcript re 166 Transcript (jlan) (Entered: 12/18/2009)
12/18/2009169Notice of Filing of Official Transcript re 167 Transcript (jlan) (Entered: 12/18/2009)
12/22/2009170UNDER SEAL TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings held on September 24, 2009, before Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. Court Reporter/Transcriber Rencia A. Smith-Wilson, Telephone number 703-501-1580. (krob) Modified on 12/22/2009 (krob, ). (Entered: 12/22/2009)
12/22/2009172JUDGMENT as to Sima Salazar Group (3) (named on Judgment as Pro Sima International, per agreement of counsel). Count 1: $400 SA on ea. of Ct. 1,2 ($800 total). $500,000 fine on Ct. 1. $150,000 restitution on both counts jtly. and severally; Count 2: $400 SA on ea. of Ct. 1,2 ($800 total). $250,000 fine on Ct. 2. $150,000 restitution on both counts jtly. and severally. /s/ by District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee on 12/22/09. (tbul, ) (Entered: 12/24/2009)
12/23/2009171Letter from Aimee Simpson re: Restitution. (krob) (Entered: 12/23/2009)
02/17/2010  Terminate Deadlines and Hearings as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group: (Transcript deadlines for #156) (rban, ) (Entered: 02/17/2010)
03/17/2010  Terminate Deadlines and Hearings as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group: (Transcript deadlines for #166-167) (rban, ) (Entered: 03/17/2010)
09/10/2010178 MOTION to Amend/Correct 177 Order on Motion for Release of Funds, by Dinorah Cobos as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Thoerig, Kelly) (Entered: 09/10/2010)
09/13/2010  Notice of Correction re 178 MOTION to Amend/Correct 177 Order on Motion for Release of Funds. An incomplete, illegible, or incorrect document was filed. The filing user has been notified to refile the document. (jcor) (Entered: 09/13/2010)
09/14/2010179 MOTION to Amend/Correct 177 Order on Motion for Release of Funds, by Dinorah Cobos as to Dinorah Cobos, Raymond Azar, Sima Salazar Group. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Thoerig, Kelly) (Entered: 09/14/2010)