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SOUCY Information

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HARRYRAYMONDSOUCY,a.k.a."Ray":18U.S.C.§§1343,1346and2(WireFraudDeprivationofHonestServices);18U.S.C.§371(Conspiracy)INFORMATIONTheUnitedStatesAttorneycharges:GENERALALLEGATIONSAtalltimesrelevanttothisInformation:TheConnecticutGeneralAssembly1.TheConnecticutGeneralAssembly("CGA")wasapoliticalsub-divisionwithintheStateofConnecticut,constitutingthelegislativebranchofConnecticut'sstategovernment.TheCGAwascomposedoftwochambers:theHouseofRepresentativesandtheSenate.TheCGA's2012legislativesessioncommencedonFebruary8,2012andendedonMay9,2012.RollYourOwnSmokeShops2.RollYourOwn("RYO")smokeshopswereretailbusinessesoperatingintheStateofConnecticutandelsewhere,whichsoldloosesmokingtobaccoandcigarette-rollingmaterials.TheseitemsweresubjecttoConnecticut'ssalestax.RYOsmokeshopsalsoofferedcustomerstheoptionofpayinga"rental"feetoinserttheloosetobaccoandtherollingmaterialsintoaRYOmachine,whichwascapableofrapidlyrollinglargequantitiesofcigarettes.CustomersdidnotpayataxontheRYOcigaretteswhenrolledbytheRYOmachines,incontrasttocigarettespurchasedover-the-counter.
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TheRYOLitigation3.InAugust2011,theStateofConnecticutappliedforanorderpermanentlyenjoiningtheRYOsmokeshopsfromoperatingRYOmachines,whichtheStatearguedweretobaccomanufacturingdevicesunderConnecticutlaw(the"RYOLitigation").AccordingtotheStateofConnecticut,theRYOsmokeshopownerswerenotcomplyingwithhealthandsafetyregulationsandaspecifictaxregimegoverningownersandoperatorsoftobaccomanufacturingdevices.4.OnFebruary24,2012,theConnecticutSuperiorCourtissuedaMemorandumofDecisionintheRYOLitigation.TheCourtruledthat,subjecttocertainrestrictions,RYOmachineswerenottobaccomanufacturingdevices,andthatRYOsmokeshopownerscouldcontinuetooperateRYOmachineswithoutbeingsubjecttothehealthandsafetyregulationsandtaxregimegoverningtobaccomanufacturingdevices.TheRYOLegislation5.OnApril3,2012,theCGA'sJointCommitteeonFinance,RevenueandBonding(the"FinanceCommittee")votedinfavorofa"JointFavorableSubstitute"revisiontoSenateBill357,anActConcerningVariousStatutesRelatedtotheDepartmentofRevenueServices(the"RYOLegislation").Ifenacted,theRYOLegislationwouldhaveeffectivelyoverturnedtheConnecticutSuperiorCourt'srulingintheRYOLitigationbydeemingRYOsmokeshopownerstobetobaccomanufacturersunderConnecticutlaw,adesignationthatwouldhavesubjectedRYOsmokeshopownerstoasubstantiallicensingfeeandtaxincrease.6.OnMay9,2012,theCGA's2012legislativesessionended.TheRYOLegislationwasnotcalledforavotebyeitherchamberoftheCGA.
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RelevantIndividuals7.PublicOfficialNumber1wasamemberoftheCGAandacandidateforelectiontotheUnitedStatesHouseofRepresentatives.8.ThedefendantHARRYRAYMONDSOUCY,a.k.a."Ray,"wasaresidentofNaugatuck,Connecticut,andanemployeeoftheStateofConnecticutDepartmentofCorrection.SOUCYalsoservedastheTreasureroftheAmericanFederationofState,CountyandMunicipalEmployees("AFSCME"),Local387,alaborunionrepresentingDepartmentofCorrectionemployees.9.RobertBraddock,Jr.("Braddock")wasaresidentofMeriden,ConnecticutandtheFinanceDirectorforPublicOfficialNumber1'scampaignforelectiontotheUnitedStatesHouseofRepresentatives(the"CampaignCommittee").BraddockhasbeenchargedbyaseparateIndictment.10.RYOOwner1hadabusinessinterest
In
theRYOsmokeshopindustry
In
ConnecticutfromAugust2010throughMarch2012.11.RYOOwner2,anunindictedco-conspirator,wasaco-ownerofaRYOsmokeshopwithtwolocationsinWaterbury,Connecticut.12.RYOOwner3,anunindictedco-conspirator,wasaco-ownerofaRYOsmokeshopwithtwolocationsinWaterbury,Connecticut.13.CampaignAide1,anunindictedco-conspirator,wasanemployeeoftheCampaignCommittee.14.LegislativeAide1wasalegislativeaidetoPublicOfficialNumber1intheofficial'scapacityasamemberoftheCGA.
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