At a Change of Plea hearing held last week (Thursday, March 9th) at the defendant's request, the founder & CEO of Planet Hospital, Rupak Acharayya aka Rudy Rupak, aka Rudolph Matthews, aka Kevin Thomas Rudolph Matthews (the defendant) changed his original plea of "not guilty" on four felony criminal counts and instead entered a plea of "guilty" to a single felony criminal count ~ violation of 18 USC section 1952(a)(3) ~ Interstate or Foreign Travel in Aid of Racketeering Enterprise…a crime that carries a maximum possible penalty of up to 20 years incarceration in a federal prison, possible entry of an order for monetary restitution and the optional revocation of his LPR status which could result in his permanent deportation from the U.S. back to his country of origin which is Canada.
His sentencing hearing is presently scheduled to be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in San Diego Federal District Court.
I know that most of us count this most recent development as a long awaited victory and that many of us share a feeling of relief in knowing there is finally a judicial declaration that his actions were criminal and the significant harm and trauma suffered by numerous IPs which was caused as a result of Rupak's criminal acts will not be ignored or go unnoticed. Although justice won't truly be served and this disaster won't finally be brought to a close until Rupak is officially sentenced and the criminal case is over, we most definitely celebrate this "guilty" plea and are proud with what we have managed to achieve together so far!
I will provide a final update on this criminal case at the conclusion of Rupak's sentencing hearing shortly after May 22, 2017.