Commodity Pool Operator Takes New Shot At Plea Deal

By Pete Brush (July 23, 2021, 5:15 PM EDT) -- A Long Island man is taking another shot at plea negotiations in a three-year-old case charging him with siphoning money from investors who backed his commodity fund, a Brooklyn federal judge heard Friday, after the feds tacked on another fraud charge.

At a virtual arraignment, defendant Harris Landgarten entered a not guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Joan M. Azrack, denying charges in a five-count July 8 superseding indictment, which adds a second count of commodities fraud to a four-count indictment posted in July 2018. Landgarten has also been charged with two counts of wire fraud and a count of obstructing...

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