United States v. Davis, No. 17-1300 (8th Cir. 2018)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit affirmed defendant's conviction of five counts of aiding and abetting mail fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit theft from a program receiving federal funds in connection with defendant's receipt of pay for a no-show job. The court held that the district court court did not abuse its discretion by denying defendant's request to provide the jury with a copy of the indictment without a limiting instruction; the district court did not abuse its discretion by refusing defendant's proposed "good character" instruction; and the district court did not plainly err by giving a willful blindness instruction. The court also held that the evidence was sufficient to support defendant's conviction for mail fraud and conspiracy to commit theft from a federally funded program.