United States v. Flete-Garcia, No. 18-1067 (1st Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
The First Circuit affirmed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant's motion to withdraw his guilty plea and motions related to his sentencing, holding that the record withstood Defendant's multiple claims of error.
Defendant entered a straight guilty plea to forty-eight counts of an indictment charging him with fraud-based crimes. The district court denied Defendant's subsequent motion to withdraw his guilty plea and other sentencing-related motions and sentenced Defendant to 132 months' imprisonment and ordered him to make restitution in the amount of $7,737,486.10. The First Circuit affirmed, holding (1) the district court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to allow Defendant to retract his guilty plea; (2) the district court did not err in applying a two-level enhancement for crimes involving ten or more victims; (3) the district court did not err in calculating the amount of loss attributable to the offenses of conviction; (4) the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying Defendant's motion to compel production of materials three days before his scheduled sentencing; (5) the district court did not err in denying Defendant's motion for an evidentiary hearing at sentencing; (6) Defendant's due process rights were not violated during sentencing; and (7) there was no plain error in the district court's restitution order.