Department Of Justice Cites BocaNewsNow.com Reporting In Sentencing Memorandum. Says Video, Comments, Actions Prove Lack Of Remorse.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
UPDATE: SENTENCING WAS JUST RESCHEDULED, AS OF 8:45 AM JANUARY 27th, TO FEBRUARY 17th. READ THE UPDATE.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The United States Department of Justice is asking United States District Court Judge William P. Dimitrouleas to sentence Redcon1 Founder Aaron Singerman to 78-97 months in prison. Sentencing for the Boca Raton man is set for Thursday.
Singerman entered a guilty plea to several counts of a federal indictment claiming that he defrauded the United States and engaged in a criminal conspiracy while part of “Blackstone Labs.” According to federal prosecutors, Blackstone Labs was created solely to sell unsafe and illegal products. Wrote prosecutors in a just-filed document:
“As detailed in the factual proffer, Singerman, co-defendant Phillip Braun (Braun), and co- defendant Robert DiMaggio (DiMaggio) started Blackstone Labs for the sole purposes of selling unsafe and illegal products. Over time, Singerman and his co-defendants avoided scrutiny by deceit and by shifting their sales to new unapproved or unsafe products to sustain their business and income. The defendants schemed to make money the “easy way,” combining lies with sophisticated online advertising and a total disregard for their customer’s health. At the height of Blackstone conspiracy, Singerman collected $50,000-70,000 per month, which he removed from the Blackstone Labs bank account without regard to the business’s debts or commitments. Singerman and Braun also used the corporate accounts to purchase extravagant luxury cars, and they maintained a luxurious lifestyle by billing their travel, food, and clothing to Blackstone Labs as business expenses.”
Singerman’s guilty plea came as somewhat of a surprise. His attorneys had made significant progress in questioning whether his alleged mislabeling of nutritional supplements was, in fact, a crime. But on the eve of trial, Singerman entered a guilty plea. A “rags to riches” success story, Singerman is respected by some for transforming himself from a self-admitted drug addict to the founder of Redcon1 — a hugely successful nutrition and fitness company based in Boca Raton.
BocaNewsNow.com reported several days ago that attorneys for Aaron Singerman, in a sentence mitigation document, suggested that he should receive a lenient sentence due his post-indictment charitable efforts. Among them, distributing Redcon1 protein bars to police departments following the onset of COVID-19. But as we reported, police departments returned the donation after BocaNewsNow.com published a photo of Singerman with a Delray Beach Police Captain, and revealed that Singerman was under a federal criminal indictment. The police departments claimed to not know who Singerman was at the time they accepted the protein bars.
In December, BocaNewsNow.com reported that Aaron Singerman proclaimed that he “wouldn’t do anything differently” during a holiday party at Mar-A-Lago. We republished the video that was initially published to Singerman’s social media account. The United States Department of Justice cited BocaNewsNow.com’s reporting of the comments in as what they say is proof Singerman is not remorseful.
“In December 2021, after pleading guilty to the charges in this case, the defendant gave a speech at the holiday party for his current business. Singerman stated, as recorded on video:
And in this year it would be easy to say I wish this didn’t happen or I wish that didn’t happen or I wish we could have done something different or maybe I could go back and rewind if I could rewind I wouldn’t have done that thing. But the truth is you can’t do that and life doesn’t work that way. If you were to rewind back to that day with that other company [Blackstone Labs] who knows where we’d be, all of you guys, and me, we certainly wouldn’t be standing in Mar-a-Lago talking about this. So life works out the way it’s supposed to work out, right
The truth is I wouldn’t change anything. I wouldn’t do anything differently.”
Available at https://bocanewsnow.com/2021/12/25/felon-aaron-singerman-redcon1-founder- makes-stunning-comment-at-mar-a-lago-party/ (emphasis added).
This unguarded statement by the defendant suggests an ethos in which the ends justify the means, including the criminal conduct that paved the way for his present economic success.“
Singerman, according to federal prosecutors, also negated his ability to receive a lenient sentence when he waited until the eve of trial to plead guilty, then was arrested for Boating Under The Influence in November, and weeks later crashed his car near Aventura. Wrote prosecutors:
“In the plea agreement, the government agreed to recommend a two-level reduction for acceptance of responsibility if the defendant complied with certain requirements. The government did not agree to a third point for acceptance of responsibility as the defendant pleaded guilty approximately one week before the long-delayed trial, and after rejecting earlier plea offers. Here, where Singerman has admitted to violating state law by operating a boat under the influence of alcohol and resulting in having his driver’s license revoked, and then crashed a car while driving on a revoked license, a two-level reduction for acceptance of responsibility is not appropriate.”
Singerman, a husband and the father of three children, was ordered to a federal holding facility earlier this month by Federal Magistrate Judge William Matthewman who declared, “enough is enough.”
Read the complete sentencing memorandum, below.
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