United States District Court, N.D. Georgia, Atlanta Division
TO VACATE 28 U.S.C. § 2255
FINAL REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
CATHERINE M. SALINAS UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
matter is before me on (A) Reginald Perkins's pro
se Motion Under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 to Vacate, Set
Aside, or Correct Sentence by a Person in Federal Custody
 and Memorandum of Law [80-1], (B) the government's
Response , and (C) Perkins's Reply . For the
following reasons, I RECOMMEND that
Perkins's § 2255 motion be DENIED
and that a Certificate of Appealability NOT
2014, while incarcerated in Jimmy Autry State Prison, Perkins
used contraband cell phones to learn the names of law
enforcement and judicial officials across the United States.
Perkins then impersonated those officials as he called
individuals in Georgia and elsewhere and falsely represented
that because the individuals had failed to report for jury
duty, they were subject to fines and arrest. Perkins
instructed the individuals to purchase cash cards and provide
the numbers to him to discharge their fines and avoid arrest.
Perkins passed the cash card numbers on to co-conspirators
outside Autry State Prison who would transfer money from the
cash cards to debit cards and then purchase new cash cards
that would enable them to transfer untraceable money back to
Perkins. See  at 3-5.
was one of many people charged in this criminal enterprise.
But, to his credit, when Perkins learned an investigation was
underway, he voluntarily met with law enforcement agents and
described his role. As most relevant for purposes of his
§ 2255 motion, Perkins acknowledged the following:
Q: So it was then thousands and thousands and thousands of
Perkins: Yeah, I could probably be a millionaire if I saved
all that money.
Perkins: No. questions asked.
Gov. Sent. Ex. 1. And:
Q: So over the time period, the, the 6-8 months, the 6-7
months, that you said, I mean, you said it yourself, it's
probably a million dollars or so that rolled in? Perkins:
2016, Perkins and one of the women he had recruited to handle
the cash card conversions were indicted for conspiracy to
commit money laundering in violation of 18 U.S.C. §
1956(a)(1)(B)(i) and (h). See . When the
indictment was handed up, it was sealed and Perkins was
afforded the opportunity to cooperate with the government to
identify others involved. He declined to do so, foregoing the
chance to reduce his sentence on that basis. See
 at 29-30.
did, however, quickly plead guilty and waive, inter
alia, certain direct appeal and collateral attack
rights. See [36-1]. In exchange, the government
agreed to recommend (1) a sentence at the low-end of the
guideline range and (2) a 1-level downward variance, all in