United States v. Cloud, No. 10-4057 (4th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Defendant was convicted of various offenses stemming from an extensive mortgage fraud conspiracy. On appeal, defendant challenged the district court's evidentiary rulings, loss calculation, and order directing him to reimburse his court-appointed attorneys' fees. The court affirmed the district court's judgment on the first two issues, but vacated the court's reimbursement order. Defendant also argued that his money laundering convictions must be reversed under United States v. Santos. Applying Santos, as interpreted by United States v. Halstead, to the facts underlying defendant's substantive money laundering convictions, the court agreed and therefore reversed those convictions.