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Prosecutor opposes Jordan Jucutan’s request for early release

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ASSISTANT U.S Attorney Garth Backe is opposed to Jordan Jucutan’s request for an early release.

Jucutan, who is serving a 28-month prison sentence for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, said he has an underlying medical condition, obesity and asthma, and a high risk of contracting Covid-19.

Backe told the federal court that the U.S. government is opposed to Jucutan’s motion for three reasons.

1) The defendant is not housed at the main prison of the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon. “Rather, he is housed at the facility’s minimum security satellite camp,” Backe said.

He added that Jucutan is an inmate at the federal satellite camp in Sheridan SCP.

None of the defendant’s arguments “address the specific conditions at SCP Sheridan, as opposed to FCI Sheridan,” Backe said. And the United States could not uncover a single case where an inmate was granted compassionate release from SCP Sheridan — again, as opposed to FCI Sheridan,” he added.

2) The U.S. government “strenuously disputes [the] defendant’s characterization of the Bureau of Prisons’ ability to handle the present situation, in particular, at FCI Sheridan,” Backe said.
“First of all, contrary to [the] defendant’s representations, no staff members at FCI Sheridan have tested positive.” Backe said as of Aug. 17, 2020, “zero employees out of a total of 313 employees have tested positive for Covid-19. In fact, two of the four inmates who tested positive were actually at FDC Sheridan.”

3) Lastly, the U.S. government opposes the motion because Jucutan is proposing to move from a location where there have been zero positive cases (SCP Sheridan) to a place where there have been close to 1,000 (Thurston County, Washington), Backe said.

Citing Jucutan‘s previous presentencing report, Backe noted that the defendant had stated that he had no medical issues and was not allergic to anything.

“A review of the records at the Commonwealth Health Center revealed nothing extraordinary. According to his wife, the defendant is healthy,” the prosecutor said.

Jucutan, 33, is represented by attorneys Danielle Pfifferling and Bruce Berline.

Jucutan started serving his sentence on July 17, 2019 and with four months reduction for good time, he will be released on July 11, 2021.

A former Army Reserve member, Jucutan was indicted on the charge of engaging in a scheme to defraud the U.S. government and obtaining money falsely by claiming he referred nominees or potential soldiers to enlist in the Army Reserve through the AR-RAP program and received $2,000 for every nominee that enlisted and went through the training. Jucutan said he recruited a total of 38 nominees.

On May 26, 2016, a federal jury found Jucutan guilty of four counts of wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft in connection with the scheme to defraud the Army Reserve Recruiter Assistance Program.

District Court for the NMI Senior Judge Alex R. Munson then sentenced Jucutan to two years and four months in prison.

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