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: