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jberryhill

(62,444 posts)
Sun Aug 18, 2019, 06:00 PM Aug 2019

Former IRS analyst pleads guilty to leaking Michael Cohen's bank records to Michael Avenatti


https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/15/politics/irs-analyst-pleads-guilty-michael-cohen-bank-records/index.html

Fry faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the Justice Department. US District Judge Edward M. Chen scheduled Fry's sentencing for December 18, 2019.

The former analyst admitted to accessing a private government database from his work computer on May 4, 2018, and downloading five suspicious activity reports, or SARs, related to Michael Cohen and his company Essential Consultants, authorities say. Banks file a SAR when they review transactions that raise red flags.

Fry, who admitted he had no official reason to disclose the records, then called Avenatti twice from his personal cell phone and verbally provided information about the contents of the reports, according to the Justice Department. Fry also sent email screenshots of the reports to Avenatti from a personal email account.

Days later, on May 7, 2018, authorities say Fry conducted additional searches on Cohen and his company on the database and called Avenatti and again verbally provided his findings to him.


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Yet another Avenatti roadkill left hanging.

This guy threw his life away, so that Michael Avenatti could strut and preen on TV.
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Former IRS analyst pleads guilty to leaking Michael Cohen's bank records to Michael Avenatti (Original Post) jberryhill Aug 2019 OP
And the feds would have acquired the information anyhow. The Velveteen Ocelot Aug 2019 #1
Another whistleblower gets fucked by the Trump DOJ. triron Aug 2019 #2
In what way was this person a "whistleblower"? jberryhill Aug 2019 #3
He wasn't a whistleblower; the feds already had the info or had access to it. The Velveteen Ocelot Aug 2019 #5
No sympathy here. Nt VarryOn Aug 2019 #4

The Velveteen Ocelot

(116,660 posts)
1. And the feds would have acquired the information anyhow.
Sun Aug 18, 2019, 06:04 PM
Aug 2019

He might find a little cold comfort in the fact that he probably won't spend as much time in prison as Avenatti.

 

jberryhill

(62,444 posts)
3. In what way was this person a "whistleblower"?
Sun Aug 18, 2019, 06:32 PM
Aug 2019

The USAO SDNY was investigating Cohen for quite a number of months and, if you remember any of the details of this story, the IRS analyst had found that several of the records he sought were already locked down pursuant to the criminal investigation of Cohen.

This person was the victim of a self-aggrandizing and corrupt attorney.

What crime that was not already under investigation did this person uncover and report to authorities?

Do you know what Avenatti had to say about this guilty plea?

The Velveteen Ocelot

(116,660 posts)
5. He wasn't a whistleblower; the feds already had the info or had access to it.
Sun Aug 18, 2019, 06:45 PM
Aug 2019

And whose whistle would he have been blowing anyhow? I don't know what he thought he was doing but he should have known better; in any event, Avenatti, a con artist of Trumpian proportions, somehow conned him into illegally releasing confidential financial information and he's being prosecuted for it, as he should be.

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