pleaded guilty to four federal fraud charges last May, according to documents from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The Village Voice reported in January that Gonzalez considered withdrawing his guilty plea, with his defense claiming it was “involuntary” and that his previous lawyer, Bronx attorney Murray Richman, gave him bad legal advice.
“He has to say what he has to say,” Richman responded in a phone interview. “I carry no grudges. He’s my pal, and I’m sorry that he feels he was forced to take the plea, which is absurd.”
Gonzalez parted ways with Richman several months ago and is now being represented by court-appointed attorney Lance Croffoot-Suede.
A conference scheduled for March 19 will determine the next steps of the case, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.