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Former Eagle Rock Resident Acquitted in $17-Million Indie Film Scam Sues Prosecutors

Daryl Van Snowden alleges that two federal prosecutors ‘fabricated evidence’ against him; U.S. Attorney’s Office dismisses the allegation.

A one-time Eagle Rock resident who was prosecuted along with 11 others on charges of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering related to an independent film production scam has sued his prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles following his acquittal in October in 2011.

Daryl Van Snowden, who worked as a “telemarketing closer” for Cinamour Entertainment, a Sherman Oaks-based film production and distribution company, filed a lawsuit April 20 against prosecutors Stephen A Cazares and Ellyn Marcus Lindsay.

“The only reason I was indicted was that two federal prosecutors fabricated evidence against me and enlisted an FBI agent to commit perjury,” Snowden wrote Patch in a recent e-mail. “I exposed this to my jury and was acquitted of all charges. I have filed a multi-million-dollar civil rights lawsuit against them, asking the court to arrest them and clear my name.”

Thom Mrozek, a public affairs officer in the United States Attorney's Office, confirmed that Snowden had filed a lawsuit related to his prosecution. “The allegations made in the lawsuit are without merit,” he told Patch, adding that of the dozen defendants in the case, “eight pleaded guilty and three were convicted at trial, so Van Snowden was the only defendant not convicted in this prosecution.”

Snowden, who was a resident of Chatsworth, CA, at the time of his indictment, told Patch he lived in Eagle Rock a little more than 10 years ago. Along with another Eagle Rock resident named David Nelson, he allegedly cold-called individuals over the phone and, posing as an executive producer, promised them returns totaling 300 percent to 1,000 percent or more on their investments, according to the indictment.

Related: Eagle Rock resident, 11 Others, at Center of $17-Million Indie Film Scam.

Daryll Van Snowden June 20, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Mrozek is mistaken. I don't operate with allegations but instead forensic documentary evidence. Which conclusively proves Stephen A Cazares, Ellyn Marcus Lindsay, and Adam Storer fabricated evidence. It prevailed in the criminal trial and will perform the exact same function in the civil one. Thom Mrozek is engaged in the despicable process of lying to the public and denying its citizens justice.
Daryll Van Snowden June 20, 2012 at 02:25 AM
This is not even the first time Ellyn Marcus Lindsay was accused of maliciously manufacturing a case against an innocent person.( http://prism-magazine.com/2012/02/american-prosecutors-exploit-holes-in-canadian-extradition-law/ ) nor is it the first time she was implicated suppressing or vaporizing exculpatory evidence. ( http://cannabisnews.com/news/5/thread5874.shtml )
Mark Wilson June 24, 2012 at 02:33 AM
As a person who has had to endure fraudulent malicious persecution for now over 12 years, my story is so incredible that it defies all reasonable sense. If I were an American this would have never happened to me or my family. The reality is that the Department of Justice needs to look into the activities of prosecutors who commit fraud upon the court, even if it is in other countries and who are also willing to defraud both the Judges within the court system for their own personal and political agenda. A professionally researched study recently found a disturbing lack of professionalism by California Prosecutors in criminal cases. Perhaps when the tax payers of California are faced with the bill from a class action lawsuit someone will pay attention to the outrageous activities of prosecutors like Ellyn Marcus Lindsay: Mark Wilson MarkEldonWilson@Yahoo.ca
robert morris July 28, 2012 at 08:28 PM
not very private. are we . email me . not to say that i will see you soon. robertmorris202@rocketmail.com

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