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Cohen seeks dismissal of charges

In his first acts representing himself against charges of fraud and obstruction of justice, former insurance executive Jeffrey B. Cohen has filed multiple motions to dismiss the case against him.

Earlier this month, Cohen argued he is being denied his Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial, saying prosecutors’ granted request for a continuance as “not only revealing as to the incompetence of the prosecutors” but also “vindictive and prejudicial.”

Cohen, the founder and ex-CEO of Indemnity Insurance Corp. RRG, picked up on the vindictiveness theme in a motion to dismiss filed last week, pointing at prosecutors filing three, superseding indictments since he was first charged in June.

(A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office said earlier this month the third superseding indictment only has “slight changes to the wording of the charges” compared to the second superseding indictment.)

“Cohen asserts the introduction of two untimely superseding indictments were malicious and spiteful and vindictively motivated based on Cohen’s assertion of his constitutional rights by filing several motions demanding a trial by jury and due to the filing of a civil action in this court against prosecutors,” Cohen wrote in his motion to dismiss.

Prosecutors have not responded to either of Cohen’s motions to dismiss. His trial is scheduled to begin in June and last for a month.

Cohen has been charged with 15 counts of fraud, five counts of aggravated identity theft, two counts of money laundering, five counts of false statements to an insurance regulator and four counts of obstruction of justice, including “knowingly attempting to kill” a Delaware judge.

Prosecutors have asked Cohen forfeit to $100 million as part of the indictment.

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