United States v. Bowles, No. 13-1575 (1st Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of fraudulently collecting federal civil service retirement survivor annuity payments intended for her mother. The district court sentenced Defendant to time served plus thirty days of incarceration and ordered her to pay $77,379 in restitution. The First Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, holding (1) any error in disallowing Defendant’s peremptory challenge to a prospective juror and in seating the individual on the jury was harmless; (2) the district court did not violate the rule against hearsay by admitting into evidence photocopies of the annuity checks that were deposited in Defendant’s bank account; (3) the district court did not abuse its discretion by admitting into evidence a copy of a Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles record of information about Defendant’s drivers license; and (4) there was sufficient evidence from which the jury could find that Defendant committed the charged offenses.