Int'l Floor Crafts, Inc. v. Dziemit, No. 09-1555 (1st Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
The company filed civil claims under Massachusetts state laws and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. 1961 after discovering a scheme under which its employees and outsiders duped it into paying fraudulent invoices. Other defendants settled. After a trial, a former employee and an outsider, who advanced funds for the scheme, were found liable to the company. The First Circuit affirmed. There was sufficient evidence that the outsider knowingly and willfully participated in the scheme to support a verdict under RICO. That the jury did not find her liable for conspiracy to violate RICO is irrelevant. The evidence also supported a verdict of common law fraud; any error in a "willful blindness" jury instruction was harmless. Inclusion of anticipated attorney fees in an appeal bond was appropriate.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on May 25, 2011.