Change of Plea Hearing Scheduled for Jordan Fishman


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A Change of Plea Hearing for Jordan Fishman, a defendant in the federal doping conspiracy case USA vs. Navarro, was entered into the record Wednesday by Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil in United States District Court, Southern District of New York. The hearing has been scheduled for October 6, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Jordan Fishman is charged with drug adulteration and misbranding conspiracy.

The request for the hearing likely indicates Fishman's desire to change his plea from not guilty to guilty, following similar change of pleas from Navarro, veterinarian Kristian Rhein, and drug distributor Michael Kegley Jr., all of whom initially pled not guilty in the case.

Jordan Fishman is charged by the government of the “illicit manufacture and distribution of PEDs…to Seth Fishman's specifications.”

“From at least in or about 2002 through at least in or about March 2020, Seth Fishman, Lisa Giannelli, Jordan Fishman, and Rick Dane, Jr., the defendants, and others known and unknown,
engaged in a corrupt scheme to create, manufacture, and distribute adulterated and misbranded PEDs to racehorse trainers and others in a systematic effort to improve race performance of racehorses, and obtain prize money as a result,” reads the indictment. “The defendants, created, marketed, and distributed a variety of PEDs, which were manufactured in an unregistered
facility, mislabeled, and/or administered with no valid prescription.”

In May, Vyskocil was emphatic about wanting to begin trials in the fourth quarter of 2021 for the first of four groupings of 14 defendants in the case, and later set a Nov. 15 start date for the trial of Seth Fishman, Lisa Giannelli and Jordan Fishman.

But during a Sept. 15 status conference, that schedule got reset to January 2022 for those defendants.



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