UPDATED 11:49 A.M. EDT U.S.A. Katia Wanzeler, the wife of accused TelexFree Ponzi-schemer and alleged fugitive Carlos Wanzeler, no longer is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS). Whether she has concluded an appearance before a federal grand jury in Massachusetts is unclear.
If the appearance occurred, it is possible it was delayed by 24 to 48 hours. Grand jury proceedings are secret.
In a brief statement to the PP Blog late Friday afternoon in response to a question from the Blog Thursday inquiring about Katia’s whereabouts, the USMS in Boston confirmed only that Katia “was in U.S. Marshals custody from May 15-23.”
Carlos Wanzeler, 45, is described as a fugitive by the U.S. Department of Justice. Katia, 49, was arrested May 14 on a material-witness warrant at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, and was issued a subpoena to appear before a grand jury on May 21 at 10 a.m., according to court records cited by her attorneys.
On Wednesday (May 21), Katia’s attorneys argued in Massachusetts federal court that their client had not been brought back from New York by USMS to make the scheduled appearance.
Kevin Neal, supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal in Boston, said late Friday afternoon that “The Marshals Service does not disclose information related to individual prisoners, including details about prisoner transportation, for security purposes.”
The office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz did not respond to a request for comment.
Katia Wanzeler had been held at a detention center in New York.