Aaron Mostofsky, 34-year-old son of a state Supreme Court judge, has appeared remotely for action in the Brooklyn Federal Court. US prosecutors in Washington, D.C., have charged him criminal theft of government property.
He also faced charges of deliberately entering or being in a restricted building or area with no legal authority, with the intention of obstructing government business or official functions – engaging in disorderly conduct in Governmental area and unlawful entry and disorderly conduct
He was not asked to file a claim for his first court appearance and was given $ 100,000 bail from U.S. Magistrate Judge Sanket Bulsara.
Mostofsky’s father was Kings County Supreme Court Justice Steven “Shlomo”; Mostofsky, the judge’s representative, declined to comment on the allegations.
Defense attorney Jeffrey Schwartz said Mostofsky was not a rioter.
“I believe the evidence will show that he was not part of the crowd, that is, he was not rampant,” Schwartz said at the trial.
The judge approved a joint package allowing Mostofsky’s release and limiting his travel to New York City, prohibiting him from communicating with a co-defendant or an accomplice in the case, and prohibiting him from attending political gatherings or attending. To government agencies
“These are particularly important when they are already widely reported, as expected of social gatherings and associated violence and threats,” Assistant US Attorney Josh Hafetz said at the hearing. “It is important for Mr Mostofsky not to get involved in the behavior he participated in last week.”
Schwartz said his clients would not be involved in the protests.
“He understands how the whole thing in Washington is in hand,” Schwartz said. He will be far from Washington, any political gathering. “
Schwartz said Mostofsky’s only interest was to deal with these costs and to reach a “fair” settlement.
The FBI New York tweeted a warning Tuesday to those it considered violating federal law.
“For those in this area considering participating in future activities similar to Mr. Mostofsky’s alleged behavior, let me be clear, the FBI will find you, arrest you, and take action on our part to make sure that you are in the right place.” Sure you are faced with the fullest federal criminal justice system. Assistant Director of Responsibility William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement.
Sweeney also thanked community members for providing information and tips on the government attack, adding: “We are stronger when we are in harmony”
The complaint refers to a video interview from the Capitol.
The criminal complaint cited a video interview with Mostofsky given to the New York Post while in the Parliament six days ago, saying he believed that “The election was stolen” and he traveled from his home in Brooklyn to Washington, DC.
The complaint shared footage from an interview, allegedly showing Mostofsky wearing a congressional police vest and carrying a U.S. Congress police riot shield, according to the complaint, he told interviewers he found on the floor.
The complaint said authorities had issued a search warrant to gain access to Mostofsky’s now-broken Instagram account four days ago, where investigators found additional posts about Mostofsky’s presence in the government agency during the riots.
In response to the complaint, an Instagram message sent to Mostofsky said “Your famous” to which he responded, “IK (I know) unfortunately”.
“But it’s like I’m here, how did I get there?” Mostofsky was accused of responding to an unidentified person.
Another post released by Mostofsky’s alleged investigators stated that he was on a bus after 6am last Wednesday to be headed to Washington, D.C., and he tried to coordinate a meeting with a friend by ordering them. friend “Look for a man who looks like a caveman,” according to the complaint.
Brother agreed to take care of him.
Mostofsky’s brother Neelmostovsky agreed to be a third-party trustee to ensure that his brother attended court proceedings and met the terms of his release during the trial, Senior Mostofsky explained: Themselves are part of an organization that He “educated Congress” but now “died without permission” due to the epidemic and said his family was “very close”.
Mostofsky could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the highest charges, according to federal prosecutors.
He is expected to appear at a video trial in the District of Columbia on Jan. 25.