Joseph Cammarata, the former CEO of Investview, was apprehended while attempting to depart the United States.
As a result, Cammarata’s bond was canceled, and he is now back in jail.
Following his arrest in November, the Department of Justice advocated for Cammarata’s (right) detention awaiting trial.
The DOJ alleged that Cammarata had access to classified information at his initial appearance before a judge on November 3rd.
Both inside and outside the United States, tremendous wealth had accrued.
He has a piece of property in the Bahamas. And he had previously discussed escaping to the Bahamas with a co-conspirator if they were ever apprehended.
He also visited Colombia frequently, where he had business and a lover.
He also had access to private jets and boats.
Although everything was taken into account, Cammarata was freed on bond on December 29th.
Cammarata had to submit his passport and travel documents as part of his release terms. He promised that he would not apply for a new passport or travel documents.
According to the DOJ, Cammarata scheduled “one-way travel from JFK Airport in New York to Bogotá, Colombia, on February 22, 2022” on February 9th.
The DOJ filed a secret ex parte application seeking to revoke Cammarata’s bail and issue an arrest warrant sometime before February 21st.
An arrest warrant was issued on February 21st. Cammarata did not board his scheduled aircraft, maybe recognizing he was screwed.
The 22nd of February has come and gone. Cammarata surrendered to the FBI on February 23rd.
A detention hearing was held the following day. Cammarata said at the court that he had booked the flight by mistake.
Cammarata did not dispute making the reservation, nor did he deny that it was for one-way travel to Bogotá, Columbia.
Rather, Cammarata said that he made the reservation in his name by accident while intending to make a reservation for his Colombian girlfriend, JVCB.
He said that he only recognized his error when he received an e-mail from Delta Airlines asking him to check in on February 20, 2022.
He alleged that he subsequently made a reservation on February 23, 2022, in the name of JVCB.
Cammarata’s story, according to the DOJ, was false.
Cammarata claims he made the ticket in his name by accident since the airline’s automatic reservation system filled in his name when he was making a reservation for his girlfriend.
Even if the identification sections on the Delta Airlines website were prepopulated with Cammarata’s personal information, every seasoned traveler knows that the airline requires the name of the real passenger when booking a reservation.
Cammarata’s girlfriend (named JCVB) also failed to join the scheduled aircraft.
Cammarata had scheduled a ticket for February 27th, but neither he nor his girlfriend was able to board.
Instead, on the morning of February 27, 2022, she flew out of the nation on a separate aircraft.
This was presented by the DOJ as proof that Cammarata’s Delta tickets were not for his girlfriend.
Cammarata was either preparing to travel himself (and afterward had second thoughts) or testing the system to see whether authorities would discover that he had made a reservation when he booked the reservation under his name on February 9, 2022.
If he was caught, the purchase of a second ticket, which JVCB herself disregarded, just supplied him with an improbable explanation.
As if that wasn’t terrible enough, Cammarata’s fiancée was discovered to be an illegal immigrant in the United States after an inquiry.
JVCB has been the defendant’s long-term romantic interest, and he is well aware that she lacks legal entry to the United States.
He has previously sought and failed to secure a visa for JCVB, and when that attempt failed, he transported her into the United States through a non-legal port of entry.
Before his indictment, the defendant imported JCVB into the United States by boat from the Bahamas at least two times.
Cammarata’s girlfriend arrived in the United States after he was freed on December 27th.
She has no record of entering the United States legally, and she lacks a visa or other legal authorization to do so.
She stayed in Cammarata’s house in Staten Island, New York, while in the United States. And the defendant was well aware that JCVB lacked legal authorization to enter the United States.
Cammarata claims his girlfriend went to the United States without his permission or knowledge.
The defendant learned that he had an arrest warrant for him on November 3, while en way to the United States from Colombia. Cammarata informed JCVB of his impending arrest through WhatsApp while on the plane.
JCVB expressed her disappointment at not being able to attend Cammarata since she did not have a visa.
The DOJ claims Cammarata’s justification “stretches credibility” based on the aforementioned communication, which was presented as evidence.
The court determined during a detention hearing on March 10th that
There are reasonable grounds to think that the defendant, Joseph Cammarata, committed a federal felony, namely immigrant smuggling, while on parole.
The defendant has breached the terms of his release, according to clear and compelling evidence.
The defendant is highly unlikely to comply with any condition or combination of conditions of release, according to the preponderance of the evidence.
Cammarata’s bond was canceled, and he was remanded in custody.
FDC Philadelphia is now housing Cammarata. On the 17th of October, he will stand trial.
30th of March, 2022 – Cammarata has filed an appeal against the March 10th ruling that remanded him in custody.
The appeal is now being heard by the Third Circuit. We’ll keep an eye on the docket for any further developments.
14th of April, 2022 – The Third Circuit dismissed Cammarata’s bail appeal on April 5th.
As a result, Cammarata will be detained while awaiting his trial.