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Case 2:05-cr-00086-DBHDocument 379Filed 12/14/2007Page 1 of 6UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTDISTRICT OF MAINEUNITED STATES OF AMERICAv.CORDELL LOCHIN)))))Criminal No. CR-05-86-P-HGOVERNMENT’S SUPPLEMENTAL SENTENCING MEMORANDUMNOW COMES the United States of America, by and through Paula D. Silsby, United StatesAttorney for the District of Maine, and Daniel J. Perry, Assistant United States Attorney, andsubmits the following supplemental sentencing memorandum on the defendant’s financial status.The Government submits to the Court that Defendant’s financial assets, particularly, hisownership interests in La Esquina and the Box (and any related entities) are not clear from theinformation provided to the Court; in fact, as discussed below, the information provided to the Courtraises more questions than answers. The information provided, however, does show the defendanthas the ability to pay a substantial fine.Defendant’s Net Worth StatementDefendant submitted a “Net Worth Statement” to the Probation Office, dated December 19,2006. In that statement, the defendant stated that he owned between 0-17 “ownership points” in LaEsquina. (Exhibit A, p. 1) Defendant stated his ownership interest in La Esquina was between “012.5"; when asked to give a Fair Market Value of that interest, defendant responded “?”. (ExhibitA, p.3).Defendant identified Derek Sanders, Serge Becker, and James Gerstan as“Shareholders/Partners” in La Esquina and listed his ownership interest as “0-12.5 (all)”. (ExhibitA, p. 4). Defendant also stated that “[m]y partnership at La Esquina is at the mercy of my three

Case 2:05-cr-00086-DBHDocument 379Filed 12/14/2007Page 2 of 6other partners and my shares as a ‘key employee’ will be voted upon if and when deemed necessary.My points will range between 0-12.5%.” (Exhibit A, p.5)In the same statement, the defendant identified Simon Hammerstein, Serge Becker, andRichard Kimmel as “Shareholders/Partners” in “The Box” and listed the ownership interest as“varied” (Exhibit A, p. 4). Defendant further stated that “[m]y involvement in The Box is underSerge Becker, LLC and as a senior executive I will make a percentage of the net, if I am able toretain this position.” (Exhibit A, p.5).Financial Documents Provided to CourtThe Defendant also has provided the following financial documentation to the Court:La Esquina1. Operating Agreement of 114 Kenmare Associates, LLC, dated 12/3/20042. Operating Agreement of Corner Deli Management, LLC, dated 1/13/20063. Consulting Agreement between Corner Management, LLC and Cordell Lochin, undatedDefendant purports that these documents establish that defendant has no ownership interestin this venture. The Government believes that these documents, and other documents submitted tothe Court, need further explanation. La Esquina is purported to have been opened by Serge Beckerwho asked the defendant to be his partner from the beginning - in an undated letter on La Esquinaletterhead that defendant submitted to the Court, Serge Becker states “when I was planning to openthe Mexican restaurant ‘La Esquina’, I asked him to become a partner .” (Exhibit B, p.1). Thedefendant, in fact, listed Serge Becker as one of his three “Partners/Shareholders” in La Esquina inhis Net Worth Statement. In the documents submitted to the Court relative to La Esquina, neitherPage 2

Case 2:05-cr-00086-DBHDocument 379Filed 12/14/2007Page 3 of 6Mr. Becker, nor the defendant, appear to have any interest in this business. In light of thedefendant’s Net Worth Statement and Mr. Becker’s letter, this appears odd.The submitted documents also conflict with the information provided by the defendant in hisNet Worth Statement. These documents do not establish the defendant’s right (or expectation) ofownership points or ownership interest in this business - yet the defendant stated he has such a rightor expectation in the Net Worth Statement.In addition, according to information provided by the defendant, La Esquina opened in early2005, yet the Operating Agreement with Corner Deli was signed in January 2006. The defendant’sconsulting agreement relating to La Esquina is undated. The dating of these agreements may besignificant because the defendant was arrested in November 2005.These issues create a question whether any ownership or operation agreement relating to LaEsquina was changed as a result of defendant’s arrest on the pending charges to create an appearancethat defendant has no ownership in this establishment.The BoxFrom the documents submitted by the defendant, it is clear that Serge Becker, LLC is amember of the Variety Entertainment Group (hereinafter “VEG”), which is the General Partner of189 Chrystie Partners, L.P., which owns and operates The Box.1As outlined in the September 2006 Investor Prospectus, these entities were “finalizingnegotiations with Serge Becker and Cordell Lochin (La Esquina) to join VEG as members.”. Serge1It should be noted that the Partnership Agreement submittedto the Court would not include information about whether CordellLochin or SBLLC have an equity interest in VEG. The submittedagreement predates the date that any of these entities would haveobtained their equity stake.Page 3

Case 2:05-cr-00086-DBHDocument 379Filed 12/14/2007Page 4 of 6Becker LLC’s ownership interest in VEG is outlined in the September 27, 2006 memo. This memowas a “proposal for the services of Serge Becker and Cordell through Serge Becker LLC(SBLLC).” The agreement spells out that SBLLC is required to raise at least 500,000 asinvestment in 189 Chrystie Partners”. In return for these efforts in raising capital, SBLLC “shallreceive a prorated share of 25% of VEG.”.In an attempt to obtain a clearer picture of defendant’s assets, the Government requested anydocumentation relating to Serge Becker, LLC; defense counsel informed the Government that nodocumentation exists relating to this entity. The documents submitted to the Court seeminglyindicate that the defendant does not have a direct interest in The Box; however, the documentationindicates that Lochin has some relationship with Serge Becker, LLC which does have an ownershipinterest in VEG and The Box. Absent documentation relating to SBLCC, it is difficult to determineif defendant has a derivative equity interest in The Box.Defendant has provided one document relating to the defendant’s relationship with SergeBecker or Serge Becker, LLC relating to the Box, - an email from Serge Becker to defense counsel.This letter states that the defendant was going to be Becker’s 50/50 partner related to theirinvolvement in The Box. This arrangement was changed when a 3rd junior partner joined inFebruary 2007. This changed the defendant’s “split” to “40%”. The email also explains that theyare only drawing a minimal salary of 1,000 choosing instead to reinvest their profits in The Box.The email also states that while Lochin is imprisoned, his share will be reduced to 25%. This emaildoes not detail the amount of profits that are presently being reinvested by SBLLC and Lochin, nordoes the email indicate what Lochin’s interest will be upon his release from incarceration.Page 4

Case 2:05-cr-00086-DBHDocument 379Filed 12/14/2007Page 5 of 6Defendant’s IncomeAccording to information provided by the defendant, the defendant has a salary ofapproximately 50,000 a year from La Esquina. He is presently drawing a monthly check of 6250as his share from theLa Esquina’s profits, and he is presently drawing the reduced salary of 1,000 per week fromSBLLC for The Box. These amounts translate into an annual income of approximately 177,000.ConclusionDefendant has pleaded guilty to an offense that involved a substantial amount of marijuanaover a lengthy period of time. Defendant’s motivation for becoming involved in this offense wasmoney; this is not a case where an addict was trafficking to feed his habit. Rather, defendantengaged in this criminal conduct to make money. A substantial fine, in addition to a substantial termof imprisonment, is appropriate in this instance.The documents submitted to the Court establish that defendant has an ability to pay asubstantial fine.Dated at Portland, Maine, this 14th day of December 2007.Respectfully submitted,PAULA S. SILSBYUnited States Attorney/s/Daniel J. PerryAssistant United States AttorneyUnited States Attorney’s Office100 Middle StreetEast Tower -6th FloorPortland, Maine 04101Page 5

Case 2:05-cr-00086-DBHDocument 379Filed 12/14/2007Page 6 of 6UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTDISTRICT OF MAINECERTIFICATE OF SERVICEI hereby certify that on December 14, 2007 I electronically filed the document(s) with theClerk of Court using the CM/ECF system which will send notification of such filing(s) to thefollowing:Richard S. Berne22 Free St.Portland, ME 04101I further certify that I have caused a copy of the foregoing to be sent to the following by faxand/or by U.S. Mail:Mark S. DeMarco2027 Williamsbridge Rd.Bronx, NY 10461Paula D. SilsbyUnited States Attorney/s/Daniel J. PerryAssistant U.S. AttorneyU.S. Attorneys Office100 Middle St.Portland, ME 04101dan.perry@usdoj.govPage 6

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA )) v. ) Criminal No. CR-05-86-P-H) CORDELL LOCHIN ) GOVERNMENT'S SUPPLEMENTAL SENTENCING MEMORANDUM NOW COMES the United States of America, by and through Paula D. Silsby, United States Attorney for the District of Maine, and Daniel J. Perry, Assistant United States Attorney, and

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