Michael Cohen the convicted liar could soon be eating his meals in a prison cafeteria after the NY Post caught him eating at an NYC restaurant when he was supposed to be serving the rest of his prison term confined to his home.
If not for the Coronavirus pandemic Michael Cohen, 53, would still be serving his three-year sentence at FCI Otisville in New York after pleading guilty to crimes that include tax evasion, bank fraud, and lying to Congress.
But in May, President Trump’s former lawyer was released from federal prison due to coronavirus concerns.
Cohen’s lawyer, Jeffrey K. Levine, told The New York Times, “He’s glad to be home in a safer and healthier environment.”
“It’s still his prison until his sentence is over,” Levine added.
But the New York Post caught the supposed to be Home-Confined lying POS dining out on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — and hopefully, his meal will cost Cohen his freedom.
The New York Post’s photos show Cohen seated at a sidewalk table outside Le Bilboquet, a French restaurant around the corner from his Park Avenue apartment, on Thursday night.
Cohen, his wife, Laura, and another couple spent about an hour chatting before they became the last patrons to leave around 11:30 p.m.
A prominent Manhattan defense attorney called Cohen’s actions “something that I’ve never seen before” and said it was “common sense” that “he shouldn’t be dining at restaurants.”
But on Friday, Levine defended Cohen’s evening out, saying that Cohen “is currently on furlough” and that he “did not violate any of the terms and conditions of his release … and any assertion or suggestion to the contrary would be wholly inaccurate and untrue.”
The BOP form for furlough applications requires that an inmate provide a furlough address and acknowledge by signature that “I am authorized to be only in the area of the destination shown above and at ordinary stopovers or points on a direct route to or from that destination.”
Conditions listed on the form also include a provision that says, “I will not leave the area of my furlough without permission, with exception of traveling to the furlough destination, and returning to the institution.”
Ex-BOP official Cameron Lindsay, a former warden at the federal lockup in Brooklyn, said Cohen’s restaurant visit “doesn’t look right” and could be considered a violation of his furlough conditions.
“I find it unusual that he’s out to dinner,” said Lindsay, who now works as a consultant and expert witness.
“I don’t know that I ever remember furloughs being approved for social reasons.”