The defendants appeal their convictions for offenses related to an alleged scheme to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans. The alleged crimes of wire fraud were complete before the conduct underlying the money laundering counts began; furthermore, the defendants used only profits from the underlying alleged wire fraud crimes to assist them in allegedly committing new crimes of wire fraud. There has been no showing of merger of crimes in these convictions. The district court's judgment is affirmed. 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 11-60431, 02-07-2013.
United States v. Kennedy
February 19, 2013