United States District Court Of Appeals Affirms Detention Order.
Runsdorf Arrested On Woodfield Country Club Golf Course.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The United States District Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit just ruled that Boca Raton resident Adam Runsdorf must remain held until his unscheduled trial. The United States Department of Justice, including a DEA agent, testified that Runsdorf’s wealth — and access to private transportation — makes him a flight risk.
Runsdorf was arrested in a high-profile federal takedown on the Woodfield Country Club golf course earlier this year. As described by the Department of Justice, “The indictment charges Adam P. Runsdorf, 56, of Boca Raton, Florida, with conspiracy, trafficking in drugs with a counterfeit mark, and money laundering conspiracy. According to the indictment, Runsdorf is the owner and president of Woodfield Pharmaceutical LLC, a pharmaceutical business based in Boca Raton, Florida, with a manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas.”
Several days following his arrest, a judge set bond for Runsdorf. The United States District Court of Appeals wrote this as part of its recap:
“The government believes that Runsdorf received between $3,000,000 and $5,000,000 by participating in the alleged counterfeiting scheme. The entire conspiracy allegedly made $52,000,000.
A magistrate judge in the Eastern District of Texas issued a criminal complaint in January 2022 referencing several felonies. Runsdorf was arrested in Boca Raton, Florida four days later.
A magistrate judge in the Southern District of Florida held a detention hearing one week after Runsdorf’s arrest. The government argued for Runsdorf’s pre-trial detention under 18 U.S.C. § 3142(f)(2)(A) because his wealth and history of travel, the seriousness of the charges, and the potential sentence made him a flight risk. It also urged the court to consider “the nature and seriousness of the danger to any person or the community that would be posed by [Runsdorf’s] release.” A supervisor from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Houston field office testified at length regarding the criminal complaint’s allegations. He also testified that a confidential source told another DEA agent that Runsdorf attempted to flee the country by boat.
The magistrate judge ordered Runsdorf’s release pending trial. He reasoned that Runsdorf was neither a flight risk nor a danger to the community. The magistrate judge did, however, separately find that “the weight of the evidence is very strong and . . . the circumstances of the offense are a serious crime, all of which create[d] an inference that [Runsdorf] would have a motive not to appear.”
But prosecutors then appealed that decision to a federal judge in Texas, where this case started. Again, from the U.S. District Court of Appeals:
“The government appealed and moved to stay the magistrate judge’s order several days later. The district court in the Eastern District of Texas then held two separate hearings over a period of four days. These hearings included testimony from a DEA agent who testified that a confidential source told him “that Mr. Runsdorf had been in his words spooked and was fleeing the country for a number of factors.” The investigator then personally met with the source after their initial conversation and testified that the source’s information remained consistent. The source confirmed for a third time on the phone that he “still believed that . . . Runsdorf was preparing to flee[.]” The court next heard testimony from a supervisory deputy United States Marshal, a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations Division, and a DEA task force officer who initially submitted an affidavit to support the criminal complaint. A grand jury indicted Runsdorf on all three charged counts several days after the second hearing. The district court then vacated the magistrate judge’s order and entered a pre-trial detention order because Runsdorf posed a risk of flight and a danger to the community. Runsdorf timely appealed.”
The U.S. District Court of Appeals just ruled that Runsdorf must remain in custody, saying he is a “flight risk.” A trial date has not been set.
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