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United States v. Matthews

United States District Court, S.D. New York

April 30, 2014

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
TIMOTHY MATTHEWS, Defendant.

PRETTY BHARARA, Parvin Moyne, Esq., United States Attorney, Southern District of New York, New York, NY, Attorneys for the Government.

TIMOTHY MATTHEWS, Stony Brook, NY, Pro Se.

OPINION

ROBERT W. SWEET, District Judge.

In a letter to the Court dated October 27, 2013, Timothy Matthews ("Matthews"), defendant in the action Case No. 00 Cr 91 (RWS), has moved for a release or decrease from the restitution imposed in his sentencing on June 23, 2003. Based upon the conclusions set forth below, Matthews' motion is denied.

Prior Proceedings

Matthews was sentenced on June 23, 2003 for securities fraud to 41 months' imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release and a $600 special assessment. Matthews and his co-defendants were also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1, 973, 309.

Matthews sent a letter dated October 27, 2013, seeking relief from restitution. Matthews writes that his wife would like to get a mortgage on her home to pay back some of her loans, but she needs Matthews to be a co-signor on the mortgage. Matthews, however, cannot be a co-signor on the mortgage because of the restitution judgment, and a judgment has been attached to the house. Matthews has asked the Court to release him from restitution or lower the amount to something he can afford so that he can pay the restitution, and the judgment on the house can be lifted.

Matthews' Motion Is Dismissed

Matthews does not challenge the legality of the restitution, but rather seeks relief because of his inability to pay and the impact his inability has on his family's assets. The Mandatory Victims Restitution Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3663A (the "MVRA") applies to the offense at issue because Matthews' offenses were committed by fraud or deceit. See 18 U.S.C. § 3663A(c) (1) (A) (ii). The MVRA provides that the Court, in its order of restitution, "shall order restitution to each victim in the full amount of each victim's losses as determined by the court and without consideration of the economic circumstances of the defendant." 18 U.S.C. § 3663A(f)(1)(A). See United States v. Coriaty, 300 F.3d 244, 253 (2d Cir. 2002) (observing "the statutory focus on the victim's losses and upon making victims whole"). Under the terms of the statute, restitution is mandatory and must be imposed for the full amount of each victim's loss. Matthews cannot be relieved of the obligation to pay restitution.

Conclusion

Based on the conclusions set forth above, Matthews' motion is denied.

It is so ordered.


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