David Gentile

GPB Capital Holdings: Jeff Lash Takes a Plea Deal with the Feds

Jeff Lash, one of three criminally charged defendants in US v. Gentile, Schneider, and Lash has taken a plea deal. The plea hearing is set for June 6, 2022 at 11:00 AM before Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo:

The small print in the docket entry shown above reads:

Date Filed: 5/15/2023

Scheduling Order: A Plea Hearing as to defendant Jeffrey Lash is scheduled for June 6, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 11C South before Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo on 5/15/2023. (RO) (Entered 5/15/2023)

This is a major development. With Lash having apparently proffered, everything suddenly changes for defendants David Gentile and Jeffry Schneider.

Four downstream actions seem predictable given Lash’s plea deal: 

1. Lash’s plea deal reinforces Monitor Joseph Gardemal’s call for GPB Capital to be placed into receivership by the court.

2. Lash’s plea deal effectively derails David Gentile’s insane attempt to seize back control of the company using his three associates, one of whom is fellow Scientologist Matt Judkin.

3. Lash’s plea deal effectively causes GPB Capital Holdings to lose the pending civil lawsuits filed by US States Attorneys General against the firm. These civil cases by the States have been stayed pending the outcome of the US criminal trial.

4. The legal pressures on David Gentile and Jeffry Schneider increase exponentially as a plea deal would logically require Lash to testify against them at their criminal trial.

Below is a copy of the original criminal indictment against the GPB Capital defendants of January 29, 2021: 

9 replies »

  1. Thanks for reporting on this. Hopefully the people losing money to this setup that is under criminal and civil law actions, those people get something back of what they have invested.

    I like good white collar crime reporting, and related to money funneled to Scientology which ought never funnel itself there.

  2. This blog has always advocated for the victims by reporting on this story for many years. The victims of GPB Capital Holdings deserve justice and to get as much of their money back as possible.

  3. These guys are simply sociopaths just like Danny Matheson. They are just not as famous, even though the damage they have done to others may be even more widespread.
    Mr. L. Ron Hubbard describes “suppressive” people as being sociopaths…. Come on, “Church” of Scientology!!
    Stop encouraging these sociopaths, inflicting them upon our communities, coddling them, and then trying to protect them from the consequences of their actions!

  4. Jeff Lash’s plea hearing is upcoming on June 6, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in Courtroom 11C South before Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo on 5/15/2023. Eastern District of New York Federal Court.

  5. What happened in the plea deal. I am an investor who has thousands of $ tied up in this scam. Thanks

  6. Lash sentencing set for Oct 4. That is the criminal case. The SEC case has a hearing set for about the same time. The SEC has requested the funds be put in formal receivership which will then return whatever money can be recovered to victims. The remaining criminal charges have a trial date set for next spring if they don’t plea guilty prior to then.

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