United States v. Colon-Ledee, No. 13-1078 (1st Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
After a seventeen-day jury trial, Appellants, a brother and sister, were found guilty of multiple bankruptcy-related crimes designed to conceal the brother’s assets and avoid his obligations to creditors. Appellants appealed, challenging both their convictions and sentences. The First Circuit affirmed Appellants’ convictions and sentences, holding (1) the evidence was sufficient to support Appellants’ convictions on all counts; (2) the district court did not err in imposing a sixteen-level increase to Appellants’ base offense levels under the sentencing guidelines; (3) the brother’s settlement of the adversary proceeding in his bankruptcy case did not provide a basis for a judgment of acquittal on the criminal charges subsequently filed against him; and (4) the district court did not err in allowing the jury to hear evidence relating to the sister’s bankruptcy proceedings in 2000.