United States District Court, S.D. New York
W. SWEET U.S.D.J.
January 26, 2017, Ryan Knights ("Defendant" or
"Knights") pleaded guilty to intent to defraud the
Government. Based on the conclusions set forth below, Knights
will be sentenced to three (3) years of probation, subject to
the scheduled sentencing hearing on September 14, 2017.
was named in a one-count information filed in the Southern
District of New York on October 30, 2013; a superseding
information was filed on January 26, 2017. Count One of the
superseding information charges that from November 2004 to
June 2007, in the Southern District of New York and
elsewhere, Knights caused to be submitted, and aided and
abetted in the submission of, false statements to the HUD in
connection with mortgage transactions, and receiving
compensation, and aiding and abetting the receipt of
compensation by others, in connection with those
transactions, in violation of 17 U.S.C. § 1012.
was arrested on November 1, 2013 and released that day on a
$400, 000 personal recognizance bond co-signed by four
financially responsible persons. On January 26, 2017, he
appeared before the Honorable James C. Francis and allocuted
to his criminal conduct as charged in Count One of the
is scheduled to be sentenced on September 14, 2017.
accordance with the Supreme Court's decision in
United States v. Booker, 543 U.S. 220 (2005), and
the Second Circuit's decision in United States v.
Crosby, 397 F.3d 103 (2d Cir. 2005), the sentence to be
imposed was reached through consideration of all of the
factors identified in 18 U.S.C. § 3553(a), including the
Advisory Guidelines. Thus, the sentence to be imposed here is
the result of a consideration of:
(1) the nature and circumstances of the offense and the
history and characteristics of the defendant;
(2) the need for the sentence imposed -
(A) to reflect the seriousness of the offense, to promote
respect for the law, and to provide just punishment for the
(B) to afford adequate deterrence to criminal conduct;
(C) to protect the public from further crimes of the
(D) to provide the defendant with needed educational or
vocational training, medical care, or other correctional
treatment in the most effective manner;
(3) the kinds of sentences available;
(4) the kinds of sentence and the sentencing range
established for -
(A} the applicable category of offense committed by the
applicable category of defendant as set forth in ...