Given the amount of OneCoin scammers that have been indicted in the US, it’s difficult to keep track of the upcoming sentencing dates.
Throw in the pandemic and constant resetting of dates and… well, you’d be forgiven for losing track of who’s being sentenced when.
It’s my job to keep track of these things and when someone asks me even I draw a blank.
Following one such occurrence earlier today, I thought it’d be a good idea to put together the current dates in a separate article.
That means I can point anyone looking for the dates here, as well as being able to update the dates as they’re constantly pushed back.
As it stands four indicted OneCoin scammers have sentencing dates;
Karl Sebastian Greenwood has been indicted for wire fraud, money laundering and securities fraud. He is scheduled to face trial on May 15th, 2023.
Ruja Ignatova (OneCoin founder) was indicted in 2017. She remains at large.
In Germany Frank Ricketts, his wife Manon Hubenthal and Munich attorney Martin Breidenbach, are standing trial on OneCoin money laundering charges.
The original trial was abandoned in May due to illness issues affecting the court bench. A new trial will take place, with proceedings expected to run into late 2022 (possibly early 2023).
I’ll be updating these dates if they change, so if you’re reading this consider the above dates accurate.
Update 20th October 2020 – Gilbert Armenta’s sentencing has been postponed to January 29th, 2021.
As per a letter motion filed by the DOJ on October 16th;
The parties are in continuing discussions regarding various forfeiture issues, among other sentencing-related issues.
Update 11th November 2020 – Due to his ongoing cooperation with authorities, Konstantin Ignatov’s sentencing has been scheduled for May 14th, 2021.
Update 18th November 2020 – Due to ongoing forfeiture negotiations, Mark Scott’s sentencing has been postponed to February 25th, 2021.
Update 29th January 2021 – Following a January 27th request for adjournment, Gilbert Armenta’s sentencing has been rescheduled for April 2nd, 2021.
Update 9th February 2021 – Ongoing forfeiture negotiations has seen Mark Scott’s sentencing delayed again to April 14th.
Update 17th February 2021 – Due to COVID-19 related “access restrictions”, David Pike’s plea hearing has been rescheduled to June 4th.
Update 25th March 2021 – Mark Scott’s sentencing has been once again delayed to June 14th.
Update 3rd April 2021 – Due to ongoing “forfeiture and other sentencing related issues”, Gilbert Armenta’s sentencing trial has once again been postponed to July 14th.
Update 14th May 2021 – Due to his ongoing cooperation with authorities, Konstantin Ignatov’s sentencing has been rescheduled for November 12th, 2021.
Update 28th May 2021 – Mark Scott’s sentencing has again been adjourned till September 15th, 2021.
The stated reason for the delay is Mark Scott
undergoing testing and treatment for several serious medical conditions.
Among other things, he is expected to go undergo surgery in August.
The DOJ consented to Scott’s request, but has stated any further requested delays will be opposed.
Update 8th June 2021 – On June 4th the DOJ filed a letter requesting a delayed plea control date for David Pike.
The parties continue to have ongoing discussions about a pre-trial disposition, but have not yet finalized an agreement.
The parties anticipate that an agreement will be reached and request an adjournment of approximately 90 days, to a date and time convenient for the Court.
The court granted the request and scheduled a new September 8th plea control date.
Update 12th July 2021 – Gilbert Armenta’s sentencing has been postponed to October 13th.
The stated reason for the delay is “discussions regarding various sentencing-related issues.”
Update 20th August 2021 – Due to conflicting schedules, Mark Scott’s sentencing has been brought forward a week to September 8th.
Update 27th August 2021 – Due to concerns from David Pike and his counsel pertaining to travelling to to New York, Pike’s plea hearing has been rescheduled to October 18th.
Due to the pending status of his retrial motion and ongoing health concerns, Mark Scott’s sentencing has been rescheduled for November 9th.
Update 13th October 2021 – Less than 24 hours prior to Gilbert Armenta’s scheduled sentencing hearing, the DOJ filed a letter motion requesting an adjournment.
The parties remain in continuing discussions regarding various forfeiture issues, among other sentencing-related issues.
To permit the parties to continue engaging in those discussions, the parties respectfully request an adjournment of the sentencing.
The court granted the request. Armenta’s new sentencing date is December 16th.
Update 20th October 2021 – Mark Scott’s sentencing has been adjourned to December 8th.
The adjournment was granted following a request from Scott’s attorney, pertaining to examination of new evidence.
Update 3rd November 2021 – Added Frank Ricketts’, Manon Hubenthal’s and Martin Breidenbach’s German criminal trial.
Update 13th November 2021 – As per a November 12th docket entry, Konstantin Ignatov’s sentencing control date has been adjourned to May 12th, 2022.
No explanation for the adjournment is provided.
Update 23rd November 2021 – Mark Scott’s sentencing has been postponed until post-trial motions have been resolved.
Update 26th December 2021 – Gilbert Armenta’s sentencing was rescheduled for April 2022 on December 16th.
The stated reason for the delay is “continuing discussions regarding various forfeiture issues, among other sentencing-related issues”.
Update 14th January 2022 – David Pike’s sentencing has been scheduled for February 18th, 2022.
Update 26th February 2022 – There have been two updates to the sentencing dates filed since February 14th.
In order to accomodate “in person” proceedings, David Pike’s February 18th sentencing has been rescheduled for March 1st.
Karl Greenwood has fired his attorneys and retained new counsel.
This has pushed Greenwood’s pretrial conference to April 28th.
Update 9th April 2022 – On April 7th Gilbert Armenta’s sentencing was again rescheduled due to “continuing discussions regarding various forfeiture issues”.
Armenta’s new sentencing date is July 27th, 2022.
Update 27th April 2022 – On April 26th the DOJ requested Sebastian Greenwood’s pre-trial conference be adjourned.
The parties respectfully request an adjournment of approximately six weeks of the pretrial conference to permit defense counsel sufficient time to review discovery and consult with the defendant.
The court granted the letter motion later the same day, adjourning the conference to June 16th.
Update 13th May 2022 – Konstantin Ignatov’s sentencing has been rescheduled again.
As opposed to previous requests for an adjournment, which offered up no explanation, this time a filed May 12th motion letter states:
Because the defendant’s cooperation is not yet complete, the Government respectfully requests that the sentencing control date be adjourned for approximately 90 days.
The court granted the motion and has rescheduled Ignatov’s sentencing for August 10th.
What specifically Ignatov is cooperating with and how far along for is unknown.
Update 26th June 2022 – Updated Karl Sebastian’s trial date. Also updated status of Frank Rickett’s trial in Germany.
Update 30th July 2022 – Following a July 25th request for a sentencing adjournment, Gilbert Armenta’s sentencing has been postponed to October 25th.
Update 13th August 2022 – Konstantin Ignatov’s sentencing has been pushed back to October 2022.
Same reason cited as the previous requests; Konstantin’s “cooperation is not yet complete”.