Outrageous Restitution Ordered for Todd Engel
The following transaction was entered on 9/20/2018 at 10:37 AM PDT and filed on 9/20/2018:
USA v. Bundy et al
3342(No document attached)
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS – Restitution Hearing as to Todd C. Engel held on 9/20/2018 before Chief Judge Gloria M. Navarro.
Courtroom Administrator: Aaron Blazevich; AUSA: Daniel Schiess with FBI Agent Mike Abercrombie; Def Counsel: Warren Markowitz; Court Reporter/Recorder: Araceli Bareng; Time of Hearing: 9:20 a.m. – 10:01 a.m.; Courtroom: 7D;
Defendant is present in custody with leg restraints.
The Court makes preliminary statements. Mr. Markowitz makes arguments regarding his position on restitution. Mr. Schiess responds.
The Court finds that restitution is mandatory in this case. The Court determines that the Defendant’s ability to pay restitution will not be taken into consideration in this case.
Mr. Markowitz makes arguments regarding the inability of government employee wages and costs to be imposed as restitution. The Court finds that the expenses were necessary to complete or attempt to complete the operation which is at issue in the indictment.
The Court imposes the following amounts of restitution:
BLM Labor Costs: $518,955.97.
BLM Contract Costs: $1,025,542.53.
TOTAL BLM Costs: $1,544,498.50.
FBI Las Vegas Employee Costs: $62,255.31.
FBI Los Angeles Employee Costs: $18,405.07.
FBI Los Angeles Travel Costs: $11,631.45.
TOTAL FBI Costs: $92,291.83.
TOTAL Amount of Restitution Ordered: $1,636,790.33
The Court orders and imposes restitution and associated conditions. Amended Judgment to follow.
Mr. Markowitz makes an oral motion to stay restitution pending appeal. The Court DENIES the motion.
Mr. Markowitz requests the Defendant be allowed to change his facility designation on the Amended Judgment to FCI Sheridan as Mr. Engel’s family is moving closer to this location and Mr. Engel has allergies at the current facility. The Court will amend its recommendation to the US Bureau of Prisons on the Amended Judgment.
The Court adjourns. Defendant is remanded to custody.
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