United States v. Brown, et al., No. 12-10592 (5th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
Defendants appealed their sentences and convictions for conspiracy to commit theft from a program receiving federal funds. The court concluded that it was reasonable for a jury to infer from the evidence that defendants knew the purpose of the check-cashing scheme and joined it willfully; the district court did not err in applying a three-level enhancement for defendants' managerial roles in the offense under U.S.S.G. 3B1.1(b) and in its loss calculation; and defendants' within-guidelines sentences were substantively reasonable where the district court took into consideration their personal circumstances when weighing 18 U.S.C. 3553(a) factors. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on July 25, 2013.