John Geddert, a retired investment banker and designer of charity clothing who died in custody of New York City police Thursday, was charged by federal authorities last week with running a human trafficking ring from his Upper East Side home for six years, stealing millions of dollars from his victims.
Mr. Geddert, 67, was living with his wife and children at the time of his arrest last week. Federal authorities are still looking for three of his alleged victims.
The New York Post reported that the family of Mr. Geddert’s most recent alleged victim, Rachel Agosta, 45, was at his funeral on Sunday. The paper said the news broke when Ms. Agosta’s son Ryan discovered an open letter on Instagram with Mr. Geddert’s picture. “It made me sick to my stomach,” Mr. Agosta told the Post. “It was heartbreaking.”
The letter, written in Spanish by a man who claimed to be Ms. Agosta’s son, claimed that police had confiscated everything that was belonging to his mother, including all of her clothing.
“Our mother tried to get away from this,” the note said. “She left her house by car with my brother and our mother went looking for the house and we found her still there.”
Mr. Geddert was the vice chairman of the Riverfront Group, a real estate management company, and a co-founder of the Sellersville Ballet, a renowned dance company.
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