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Date: 01-13-2023

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United States of America v. Duvany Zambrano and Sergio Jara

Case Number: 1:23-cr-00001

Judge: Christopher C. Conner

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (Dauphin County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Harrisburg

Defendant's Attorney: Gail Marr

Description: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with defrauding the Pennsylvania Turnpick Commission.

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Beginning in 2018, Duvany Zambrano, age 43, Sergio Jara, age 38, and others from Allentown, Pennsylvania, began acquiring thousands of E-Z Pass transponders from retailers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. They then registered the transponders using false personal information and false credit card information. They sold the transponders to truckers in the New Jersey area who travelled on the Pennsylvania Turnpike hauling materials. In doing so, the indictment alleges that Zambrano, Jara, and others avoided paying approximately $1,000,000 in tolls.

The indictment was unsealed following Zambrano and Jara’s initial appearances. Defendants are currently scheduled for trial on March 4, 2023, before U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Consiglio is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 20 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

"Any person who attempts or conspires to commit any offense under this chapter shall be subject to the same penalties as those prescribed for the offense, the commission of which was the object of the attempt or conspiracy."

18:1343 WIRE FRAUD

"Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. If the violation occurs in relation to, or involving any benefit authorized, transported, transmitted, transferred, disbursed, or paid in connection with, a presidentially declared major disaster or emergency (as those terms are defined in section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122)), or affects a financial institution, such person shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both."

Outcome: 01/12/2023 18  Receipt for Surrender of Passport as to Duvany Zambrano Passport Number A4542031 issued by Republica Del Ecuador. (sh) (Entered: 01/12/2023)
01/12/2023 20  CJA 23 - FINANCIAL AFFIDAVIT by Duvany Zambrano. (rw) (Entered: 01/12/2023)
01/12/2023 21  ORDER APPOINTING FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER as to Duvany Zambrano Alexandria Lappas appointed. Signed by Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson on 1/12/23. (rw) (Entered: 01/12/2023)
01/12/2023 22  NOT GUILTY PLEA ENTERED as to counts 1, and 2-13 as to Duvany Zambrano. (rw) (Entered: 01/12/2023)
01/12/2023 23  SCHEDULING ORDER as to Duvany Zambrano. Jury Selection & Trial set for 3/6/2023 at 9:30 AM in Harrisburg - Courtroom 2 before Honorable Christopher C. Conner.Signed by Honorable Christopher C. Conner on 1/12/23. (rw) (Entered: 01/12/2023)
01/12/2023 24  RULE 5 NOTICE re: Brady disclosure obligations as to defendant Duvany Zambrano. Signed by Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson on 1/12/23. (rw) (Entered: 01/12/2023)
01/12/2023 25  ORDER Setting Conditions of Release as to Duvany Zambrano.Signed by Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson on 1/12/23. (rw) (Entered: 01/12/2023)
01/12/2023 26  Sealed Document. (rw) (Entered: 01/12/2023)
01/12/2023 27  CRIMINAL PRACTICE ORDER as to Duvany Zambrano. Signed by Honorable Christopher C. Conner on 1/12/23. (rw) (Entered: 01/12/2023)

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