alleged in Count 9 in conjunction with the other counts identified in this paragraph.
In my judgment, the mail fraud counts, i.e., Counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 and the wire fraud counts i.e., Counts 6, 7, 10 and 16, and the transportation of security counts, i.e., Counts 8 and 11, should be severed and tried together. Rule 8(a), Fed.R.Crim.P., 18 U.S.C. It seems that these counts against the same defendants present a series of acts or transactions constituting offenses connected together and constituting part of a common scheme or plan.
As above noted Count 9 is a conspiracy count indicting all four defendants for violating the National Stolen Property Act alleged to have been committed by only three of the defendants under facts alleged in Count 8, -- the period of the conspiracy being from January 11, 1958 to March 14, 1960; and Count 12 is a conspiracy count indicting three defendants for violating the National Stolen Property Act under facts alleged in Count 11, the period of the conspiracy being from January 11, 1957 to March 14, 1960. In my opinion, in view of the different periods of conspiracy alleged and the pre-conspiracy overt acts alleged in Count 9, to try both of these conspiracy counts together or to try either or both with the other counts in the indictment would be prejudicial to the defendants and particularly to the defendant Edward H. Talenfeld. Hence, pursuant to Rule 14, Fed.R.Crim.P., Count 9 should be severed and tried separately, and Count 12 should be severed and tried separately.
Since the defendants, Earl Belle, has not been arrested and is now a fugitive, Count 22 indicting him alone for mail fraud should be severed at this time. The Government agrees to this disposition.
Count 23 charges that all four defendants did make and cause to be made false proxy statements of Cornucopia Gold Mines to the S.E.C. on May 29, 1958 and April 3, 1958, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001 and 2.
Count 24 charges all four defendants with conspiracy to violate §§ 1001 and 2. This conspiracy is alleged to have begun on or about November 18, 1957 and continued through May 29, 1958. The overt acts alleged number 17. These overt acts include false proxy statements of Cornucopia Gold Mines and 7 subsidiary corporations which the defendants allegedly caused to be made and submitted to the S.E.C.
In my opinion, in order to prevent prejudice to the defendants, Counts 23 and 24 should be severed and tried together. Rule 14, Fed.R.Crim.P.
Count 25 charges that all four defendants did cause to be prepared a false affidavit signed by one Steiner and caused it to be submitted to the S.E.C. in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001 and 2.
Count 26 charges that all the defendants devised a scheme to defraud the S.E.C. and to obtain money and property by causing Steiner's false affidavit to be sent to the S.E.C., and for the purpose caused the said false affidavit to be caused the said false affidavit to be mailed in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 and 2.
Count 27, except for alleging another date and a different affiant, charges all the defendants with the same crime alleged in Count 25.
Count 28 charges all the defendants with conspiracy to violate §§ 1001 and 2. This conspiracy is alleged to have begun on or about August 6, 1957 and continued through August 27, 1957. Of the 14 overt acts alleged, only 4 can be interpreted as having occurred during the period of the conspiracy, the others, except overt act 10, which avers 'time * * * unknown', having occurred prior to the period or subsequent thereto. This conspiracy count refers to and incorporates therein the scheme to deceive or defraud the S.E.C. as set forth in Counts 25, 26, and 27.
Count 29 charges all defendants, between May 1, 1957 through August 4, 1957, with violating Title 15 U.S.C.A. § 78i(a)(2), viz.: to effect a series of transactions in the stock of Cornucopia Gold Mines on the American Stock Exchange, creating actual and apparent active trading in said stock and raising the price thereof for the purpose of inducing the purchase and sale thereof by others.
Counsel for defendants agree that Counts 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 should be severed and tried together.
The Government shall notify defendant and the court within 10 days which count or group of counts as above specified it elects to try first.
It is so ordered