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Case Number: 5:21-cr-00251-FJS
Judge: Frederick J. Scullin, Jr.
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (Onondaga County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Syracuse, New York criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with wire fraud.
Glen Zinszer, age 51, of Liverpool, New York, was indicted for committing wire fraud and willfully filing false tax returns.
Zinszer admitted that he began operating the Brazzlebox company in 2012, which he represented to investors would be like a Facebook for business. Beginning in April 2013 and continuing until approximately the summer of 2016, Zinszer made false representations to investors about how Brazzlebox was doing to cause them to invest more money and remain invested. In pleading guilty, Zinszer admitted that he inflated Brazzlebox’s user numbers and told employees to create fictitious user accounts to inflate those figures, misrepresented purportedly revenue-generating strategic partnerships, forged documents to support those falsehoods, and forged a letter of intent to purchase Brazzlebox for millions of dollars.
From 2012 through 2016, Zinszer used a substantial portion of the money invested in Brazzlebox to finance his lifestyle rather than to operate the business, including paying mortgages on his homes and purchasing concert tickets and jewelry. Although Zinszer used money from Brazzlebox to finance his lifestyle, he willfully filed false tax returns underreporting his income in tax years 2013-2016.
Sentencing is scheduled for November 29, 2021, in Syracuse before Senior United States District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. Zinszer faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years for his wire fraud conviction, and 3 years for his conviction for willfully filing false tax returns, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 3 years. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.
This case was investigated by IRS-CI and the FBI, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael D. Gadarian and Geoffrey J.L. Brown.
Outcome: 07/21/2021 1 INFORMATION as to Glen Zinszer (1) count(s) 1. (bjw, ) (Entered: 07/21/2021)
07/21/2021 2 WAIVER OF INDICTMENT as to Glen Zinszer. (bjw, ) (Entered: 07/21/2021)
07/21/2021 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Senior Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr:Waiver of Indictment/Entry of plea as to Glen Zinszer held on 7/21/2021. Deft is sworn by Clerk, advised of rights and questioned by Court. Deft signs waiver form. Elements of offense and factual basis stated. Plea entered by Glen Zinszer of Guilty to Count 1. Court orders PSR. Sentencing Date: 11/29/2021 at 11:30am. Deft is continued on release conditions are previously set. APP: Geoffrey Brown, AUSA; Thomas Robertson, Esq. (Court Reporter Jodi Hibbard)[12-12:30] (bjw, ) (Entered: 07/21/2021)
07/21/2021 3 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Glen Zinszer (bjw, ) (Entered: 07/21/2021)
07/21/2021 4 GUIDELINE ORDER as to Glen Zinszer Sentencing set for 11/29/2021 11:30 AM in Syracuse before Senior Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr.. Government Sentencing Memo Deadline 11/8/2021 Defendant Sentencing Memo Deadline 11/8/2021. Signed by Senior Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr on 7/21/2021. (bjw, ) (Entered: 07/21/2021)