Aventura Contests "Gross and Untenable Inaccuracies" of US Government's Prosecution

By Isabella Cheng, Published Jul 19, 2021, 09:07am EDT

20 months after the US government issued criminal charges against Aventura, for "having conspired with PRC [China] manufacturers" primarily Hikvision, now Aventura head Jack Cabasso's attorney has protested what they allege are "gross and untenable inaccuracies" from the prosecution.

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In this report, IPVM examines Aventura's positioning:

  • What these "gross and untenable inaccuracies" are
  • Why the seizure of Aventura managing director's funds is unjustifiable
  • Why the trial should start immediately
  • Defense vs Government on whether Aventura was manufacturing
  • "Substantive transformation" for made in the USA products examined
  • Defense: US government "complicit, hypocritical"
  • An Aventura employee takes plea deal
  • Next steps in case

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** ******,the ******* ** ***** *****, **** *** ***********, ** ********* **. ******* ** ******* ***** ** *********, * **** ** ********* ******* that is necessary in this particular case. Right? [emphasis added]

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** ** ***** *****,the ********** ** ******** **** *** ********* ********* ** *** ****** ****** **********. They have several prosecutors on this case. Mr. Cabasso is facing charges that can expose him to a life-long sentence of custody while **** ****** *** ******. [emphasis added]

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*********'* ******** **** ** court **** "** ******* now ***** ** * good **** *** *** Honor ** ***** ******* the ****," ******** **** the *** *** ** longer "****" ****** ********** claiming ** ***** **** time *** ** *************:

** ******* ****now ***** ** * **** **** *** **** ***** ** ***** ******* **** ****, and we believe that we -- you know, we gave the government a lot of time to go through the discovery, and I ***'* ******* **** **** *** *** **** ****** ********** ****: **, *** ****, ** **** **** ** ***********. **** ** ***** ** *************. [emphasis added]

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Defense: ******** *** *********** ******** ** *** **

*** ******-****** ******* "*** prosecutor's ****** **** '******** manufactured *******,'" ******** **** Aventura *** '*********':

***********, ** ***** ******** to **********’* ****** **** “Aventura ************ *******”, *** Rule ** ******** ********** in **** **** *** clearly *** ************ *********** thatAventura *** *********, ******* *******, ******** ********** *** *********. It possessed ********** *** ************* *** ******** ** **** from its New York facilities over its entire existence. [emphasis added]

"******** ********** ******** ** multiple *********" **** ******** and ******* "******** ************* facilities," *** ****** ****:

****** *** **** ***** of *********,Aventura ************* ********** **** ******* *** ******** ** ******** ********** ******** ** ******** ********* including those involved in the investigation and prosecution in this case. [emphasis added]

*** ******* ******* **** that *** ********** *********** many ****** ********** **** Aventura "*** ** **** accordingly **** ****" **** the ********** ***** "********** and ******* ************* ********** at ********":

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*******, *** ****** *** not ******* ** **** who ***** **** ******* for ********'* "********** *** genuine ************* **********" *** did ******** ****** *** sworn ********* ** ********** that ******** *** **********.

Defense *********** *** *************

*******, ********'* ******** *********** the ***'* *************, ***** **********'* ************** ********** **** * former ********* *** **** the ********** **** "*** company *** *** *********** any ******* ** *****":

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*** *** ******* ****** that ******** **** *** import ********** ** *** materials **** ***** ** manufacturers ********* ***** ******. Also, ********'* ******** ***** was ********* *** ************** of * ************:

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** *** ******** ** the ***-************ *******,the *********** ************** ********* ** ******* ** * ****-**-**** *****, *** ** ** ***** ** * ****** ** ****/*********/*** ****** (i.e., an article that consists in whole or in part of materials from more than one country is a product of the country in which it has been substantially transformed into a new and different article of commerce with a name, character, and use distinct from that of the article or articles from which is was so transformed). [emphasis added]

Case ******* ******* ** ***** ************

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Defense ***** *** ***** ****** *** ** ********** "**********" *** "*********"

******* ** ***** *******, the ** ********** *** 'complicit' ** ****, ******* Cabasso's ********:

*******, **** *** *********** omit, ******* *** ** lack ** ********* ** the *******, ** **** the ****U.S. ********** ******** *** ******* ** ** ******* ** **** ****, **** *********, ****** *********, ******** *** ******* *** *********** ********* *** ********* **** *** ****** *** **** *** ******** ******* *** ******* ********* *** ************** ** *** $*** ** ******** that they now accuse only Mr. Cabasso of selling to them without their knowledge. [emphasis added]

*** ******* ******* *** US ********** ********* "*,**** of *** ******** ****** equipment" **** "**** ** providers" ********* "**, *********, Panasonic, *****, *******, *******, Bosch, ********, ****** ************," calling **** **** "************."

Employee ***** ****, ***** **** ***** ** ********

*** ********, ***** ******, recently **** * **** deal, ********* *** ****** ********** ****************** ** ****.***** ******'* *************** ***** ******* ** a "******* **********" ** Aventura. *** ***'* ********* says ****** *** "*********** for *********** ********** ********** at ******** *** ** involved ** ******* ******** manufactured ** ***** ********* that ******** ** *********** for ******."

*** ********** ********* **** defendants *** ** ****** plea *****:

*** ** *** **** in ******** ****** ** discussions **** * ****** of ***** ********** *** we **** **** **** progress **** ** ***** one ** *** **** defendants ** ****.

No ******* **** *** *** *********

*** *** ******** ** comment ** **** ** the ******* *** *** in *** ******-******. *******'* attorney, ****** *****, *** not ******* ** ******** communications **** **** ****** for *******.

US ********** ** ***** ** ******-******

*** ** ********** ** scheduled ** ******* ** the *******'* ******-****** ** July **, ****. *** defense ** ********* ** reply ** *** **********'* response ** ****** **, 2021.

**** **** ****** *** case *** ****** ***********.

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Comments (3)

* **** ***** **** Cabaso *** *** "********". They *** *********.* **** even ******** ****** ******* that *** ********* ******** worked ** ********* *******.

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******** **** **** ** what ** ******* ** true, ***** ***** ****** likely ** **** *****, it ** ************* **** they **** **** ** get **** **** **** for ** **** --** *** ********.

***** ** **** *** following ***** ******* *** keeping ** ********.

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****** * ** ******* that ******** *** ******* HIKVISION, **** *** ******* in ******** *** **** other ********* **** **** OEM'd *** *******. *** question ** ******* ***** companies **** ******* "**** In ***" . * just ******* * ****** of ** *** ********* cameras *** *** *** clearly ****** "**** ** Taiwan" *** *** *** model *** "**** ** China" *** ******* *****. So *** ******** ***** that *** ****** ********* did **** **** *** is *** ********* *******. At ***** *** *** company * **** ***.

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