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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ELEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

IN AND FOR MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA


STATE OF FLORIDA,
Plaintiff,
vs.

Case No. F14-2935


Judge WARD

PASCAL REID,
Defendant.
PLEA AGREEMENT
COMES NOW the Defendant, PASCAL REID, with the advice and consent of his
counsel, RONALD LOWY, and hereby enters into this hereby enters a change of plea and enters
into this Plea Agreement with the State of Florida, KATHERINE FERNANDEZ RUNDLE, State
Attorney for Miami-Dade County, Florida, by and through Assistant State Attorney Thomas
Haggerty.
1. The Defendant, PASCAL REID, will enter a plea of guilty to count three (3) Unauthorized
Money Transmitter in violation of Florida Statute 560.125(5)(A). At the conclusion of the plea
colloquy, the State of Florida will abandon prosecution on count 1 in exchange for his plea.
2. Adjudication of guilt shall be withheld. Defendant will be sentenced to ten years reporting
probation. As a condition of probation, Defendant will serve a period of ninety (90) days in
county jail. Defendant will receive credit for his time served from February 7, 2014
through March 14, 2014.
3. The Defendant shall participate in no less than 20 trainings directed towards the education of
law enforcement and/or financial institutions in the fields of digital currency and/or
cybercrime. The trainings shall be organized and scheduled by Det. Ricardo Arias from the
City of Miami Beach Police Department. Trainings that are not organized and/or scheduled
through Det. Ricardo Arias will not be credited toward the 20 required trainings. These
trainings are a condition of his probation and Defendant has agreed to perform them in lieu of
community service and additional jail time.
4. The Defendant will be available for meetings with representatives of the Miami Beach Police
Department, The United States Secret Service and/or the Miami Electronic Crimes Task
Force in order schedule, plan, coordinate and research the trainings that will be performed
pursuant to paragraph 3.
5. The Defendant's term of ten (10) years of reporting probation may be terminated after five (5)
years if the Defendant has complied with all terms of this agreement. If the Defendant has
complied with all the terms of this agreement prior to five (5) years, the State will take no
position if he moves the court to terminate his probation
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6. The Defendant shall notify his probation officer within 24 hours of any arrest.
7. The Defendant shall accept the responsibility of maintaining contact with his probation officer.
8. The Defendant shall notify his probation officer prior to any change in employment or
residence.
9. The Defendant shall personally obtain permission from his probation officer before leaving
Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County and Monroe County. The probation
officer may grant his permission to travel within the State of Florida without leave of Court.
10. The Defendant will be permitted to travel within the within the State of Florida for educational
and work purposes after obtaining permission from his probation officer. The probation officer
may grant his permission to travel within the State of Florida without leave of Court
11. The Defendant shall pay cost recovery pursuant to Florida Statute 938.27(8) (costs of
prosecution) to the State Attorneys Office, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, in and for
Miami-Dade County, in the total amount of five hundred dollars ($500.00), payable on a
monthly basis, in an amount of at least fifty dollars ($50.00) per month, payable by the fifth
(5th) day of each month beginning in the first full month after taking the plea, until the total
amount is paid. Defendant hereby stipulates that he has the financial ability to meet these
obligations at the specified rate of payment. In order for the Defendant to be properly credited
for payment, this payment should be made payable by check or money order to the Department
of Corrections, Office of Probation.
12. The Defendant forfeits any Bitcoin transferred to law enforcement during the investigation.
13. The Defendant must submit to warrantless searches by the probation officer of his person,
residence, vehicle, or work space, including any and all computers or electronic devices on
his person or in his residence, vehicle, work space, or in his custody or control, which
includes but is not limited to any electronic, magnetic, optical, electrochemical, flash, solidstate, or other high-speed data processing device performing logical, arithmetic, or storage
functions; and any external or removable data storage media such as magnetic tape, hard
disk, floppy disk or drum, CD-ROM/DVD, memory sticks, compact flash cards, thumbdrives, zip-drives, digital watches, digital writing pens, MP3 players, video game consoles,
Personal Digital Assistants ("PDA's"), cellular phones, Facsimile machines ("Fax"
machines), cassettes, cartridges, streaming tape; and any computer programs, computer
software and applications; and all peripherals (including, but not limited to keyboards,
monitors, printers, modems, tape drives, disk application programs, data disks, system disk
operating systems and power cords). Members of law enforcement may assist probation in
the warrantless searches including conducting a forensic examination of the electronic media.
The Defendant understands that evidence of a violation of any of the terms of probation that
is found during these searches may be used against his during any probation violation hearing

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as proof of a violation of the terms of the Defendants probation and may result in his being
charged with additional crimes.
14. The Defendant must submit two (2) specimens of blood and/or saliva swabs to the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement, to be registered with the DNA data bank.
15. The Defendant shall comply with any other rules, directives or conditions set out by the
Probation Order.
16. The Defendant acknowledges that he is satisfied with the services of his attorney, RONALD
LOWY, and states that his attorney did everything expected of them and everything that they
were asked to do on behalf of the Defendant, including, but not limited to filing with the
court all pleadings, motions, and documents that the Defendant desired or expected, and
investigated all aspects of the case required to effectively defend the charges. Further,
Defendant acknowledges that his attorney raised all the objections and defenses that he
wanted to be raised with the prosecutor and/or the Court. Although a motion to suppress
physical evidence obtained from the Defendant was not filed on his behalf, the Defendant
acknowledges that the physical evidence obtained from his was obtained pursuant to a lawful
search warrant. The Defendant has spoken to his attorney about potential motions to
suppress evidence. The Defendant does not wish to file any motions in exchange for the plea.
Defendant further represents that he and his attorney were fully aware of the facts underlying
the charges filed and previously filed and that his attorney, among other things, fully
discussed the strengths and weaknesses of his case and the State of Floridas case, as well as
any legal defenses the Defendant has for the charges against him. Further, the Defendant
understands that his attorney has not deposed any witnesses, including, but not limited to, the
forensic computer examiner and the undercover and investigating officers despite the
Defendants procedural basis to require that such depositions be taken. Moreover, the
Defendant acknowledges that he is satisfied with the representation provided by his attorney
notwithstanding the lack of depositions, and the fact that the depositions were not taken does
not affect the Defendants decision to plead guilty herein. The Defendant acknowledges that
his decision to accept the States plea offer is based upon his belief that this plea is in his best
interests and because he is guilty of the charges against him. Further, the Defendant
acknowledges that he had a right to a trial by jury but that it was his decision, and his alone,
to waive his right to a jury trial, and that no threats or promises of any kind were made to
induce the Defendant into waiving his right to a jury trial and entering this guilty plea.
Defendant further acknowledges that his counsel spoke to, and discussed his case with, all of
the witnesses and prospective witnesses that the Defendant requested that they talk to, and
that his attorney discussed the case with the Defendant fully and completely, and that it was
the Defendants decision, and his decision alone, not to list any of those witnesses as defense
witnesses, including but not limited to, any expert witnesses.
17. Further, by entering this agreement the Defendant is giving up certain rights guaranteed under
the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Florida, including the right to have his
attorney confront and cross-examine the States witnesses, the right to remain silent and not
testify on his own behalf, as well as the right to appear as a witness on his own behalf if he
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decides to do so after consultation with his attorney, and the right to have the charges proven
against his beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt by the State, the right to
require the State to prove its case and to carry its burden of proof without the Defendant
having to prove anything regarding his innocence, the right to have the Court issue
subpoenas or otherwise order witnesses to appear on the Defendants behalf in trial, the right
to have the jury decide the case unanimously, and finally, the right to appeal any adverse
rulings to the Court of Appeal. The Defendant further acknowledges that RONALD LOWY
have reviewed the discovery disclosed by the State describing the items of physical evidence,
and that the Defendant has discussed with his attorney the nature of the physical evidence
disclosed by the State, and that there is no physical evidence disclosed by the State or
otherwise for which DNA testing may exonerate the Defendant, and further, that the
Defendant is waiving his right to have that physical evidence tested for DNA evidence, if it
has not already been examined. The Defendant understands that by entering this agreement,
he is giving up those rights and that there will not be a sentencing hearing or an appeal of any
issues or any post-conviction motions unless the Court deviates from the sentencing
agreement. The Defendant acknowledges that if he is not a United States citizen, this plea
will subject his to deportation pursuant to the laws and regulations governing the United
States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The
Defendant has spoken to RONALD LOWY about the possible immigration consequences of
this agreement. The Defendant is satisfied with the advice RONALD LOWY have given him.
Even if this agreement subjects the Defendant to deportation, Defendant still desires to enter
into this plea agreement.
18. The Defendant further acknowledges that if this case had gone to trial and the Defendant was
convicted as charged after trial, the Defendant would be sentenced in accordance with the
Criminal Punishment Code, governed by Florida Statutes 921.002 and 921.0022. As such,
the Defendant could be sentenced to a wide range of sentences. In accordance with the
guidelines, the Defendant acknowledges, aside from this plea agreement, that had he been
convicted as charged, he could have been sentenced to a twenty years in state prison.
19. The Defendant acknowledges that if he is found to have violated the terms of his probation
under his agreement, he may be sentenced to a maximum of five (5) years in state prison, less
credit for any time served prior and pursuant to this plea agreement. The Defendant further
acknowledges that his attorney have made no promises or suggestions regarding the length of
any sentence the Defendant would receive should he be found in violation of his probation.
20. The Defendant waives his right to a Pre-Sentence Investigation Report.
21. This Agreement is not binding until it is signed by the Defendant, defense counsel, the assigned
Assistant State Attorney, and ratified by the Court.
22. All the agreements between the State of Florida and the Defendant are contained in this contract.
There are no other agreements between the State of Florida and the Defendant with regard to
this case.

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23. The execution of this agreement by the Defendant constitutes an understanding,


acknowledgment, and agreement to the special conditions of probation as mentioned herein, in
addition to the standard terms and conditions of probation appearing on the "Terms and
Conditions of Probation" form. For purposes of the knowing, intelligent, and voluntary waiver
of rights which have been enumerated herein, as well as the signature acknowledging the same
below, and the initials on every page herein acknowledging that the Defendant has read the
entire document, the Defendant further acknowledges that he is fluent in English, and that he
has read this agreement in English, without the aid of an official court interpreter, and that he
fully understands the terms and conditions contained herein.
Having read the above-mentioned terms of this plea agreement, and having been advised by
my counsel, RONALD LOWY, I, PASCAL REID, freely and voluntarily enter into this agreement
and agree to abide by all terms and conditions of this agreement, and agree that failure to comply
with any terms or conditions within this agreement constitutes a violation of probation and subjects
me to be sentenced to the statutory maximum penalties provided by law for the crimes for which I
have been convicted.
This agreement is entered into freely and voluntarily on this _________ day of September, 2015.

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PASCAL REID
Defendant

I, RONALD LOWY, HEREBY CERTIFY that I am the attorney for the Defendant,
PASCAL REID, that I have discussed all of the contents of this agreement with him, that I am
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satisfied that he understands all the conditions and obligations contained herein, that he is
entering into this agreement freely and voluntarily with full knowledge of its contents, that no
additional promises have been made regarding his sentence, or potential sentences, and further,
that he has read this entire agreement.

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RONALD LOWY
Attorney for the Defendant

KATHERINE FERNANDEZ RUNDLE


STATE ATTORNEY

By:____________________________
Thomas Haggerty
Assistant State Attorney
Florida Bar # 46136
1350 N.W. 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136-2111
(305) 547-0100

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