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Israeli National Pleads Guilty to Bail Jumping

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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

Thursday, January 28, 2021

CONCORD - Boaz BenMoshe, 58, of Israel, pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to bail jumping, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in November 2006, a federal grand jury charged BenMoshe with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and conspiracy to engage in unlicensed wholesale distribution of prescription drugs. After an initial appearance hearing on January 29, 2007, BenMoshe was released on conditions including his promise to notify the pretrial services officer of any plans to change his residence and to travel outside of the Central District of California and the District of New Hampshire. On January 9, 2009, BenMoshe pled guilty to conspiracy to engage in unlicensed wholesale distribution of prescription drugs. The Court accepted his guilty plea and permitted him to continue on the same conditions of release pending sentencing.  The sentencing hearing was scheduled for June 23, 2009. On or about April 29, 2009, in violation of his conditions of release, BenMoshe moved to Israel and failed to appear for his sentencing hearing on June 23, 2009.

On December 16, 2009, a federal grand jury charged BenMoshe with bail jumping for his failure to appear at his sentencing hearing.

In August of 2020, BenMoshe was extradited from Israel to the United States to face the charges pending against him in New Hampshire.

BenMoshe is scheduled to be sentenced in both cases on April 1, 2021.

“This prosecution demonstrates that defendants cannot flee from the United States to escape responsibility for their crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “BenMoshe violated his promise to appear in court for sentencing and spent years avoiding the ultimate judicial reckoning for his crime.  Through hard work and diligence, the U.S. Marshals located this fugitive and he was extradited back to New Hampshire to face the consequences of his 2009 guilty plea and his flight from justice.  Other criminal defendants should take note that efforts to flee from justice will not succeed.”

“The arrest and subsequent extradition of BenMoshe is a testament to the collaborative work of the US Marshals Service and the US Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire,” said Nick Willard, U.S. Marshal for the District of New Hampshire.  “We are also grateful for the cooperation of the Israeli authorities who worked closely with the Deputy Marshals for a safe and professional transfer into our custody.”

This matter was investigated by the United States Marshals Service.  The underlying criminal case was investigated by the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations, the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Internal Revenue Service.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cam Le and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Hawkins.

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