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Friday, April 04, 2014

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decided one Indiana case yesterday

In U.S. v. Lori Hargis (SD Ind., Young), a 7-page opinion, Judge Rovner writes:

Lori Hargis solicited Leslie Vashaun White to burn down her house so that she could collect a settlement from her insurance company. Hargis was charged with conspiracy to use fire to commit wire fraud, see 18 U.S.C. § 844(m), and unlawful structuring of cash withdrawals to avoid financial reporting requirements, see 31 U.S.C. §§ 5313, 5324(a)(3), 5322(a). She pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge in exchange for the government dismissing the structuring charge, and the district court imposed an above-guidelines sentence of 60 months imprisonment. She asserts on appeal that the district court erred when it applied upward adjustments for obstruction of justice, see U.S.S.G. § 3C1.1, and her aggravating role in the offense, see id. § 3B1.1(c). She also challenges the reasonableness of her above-guidelines sentence. Because the facts justify the district court’s decision to apply the upward adjustments, and the district judge adequately explained his rationale for imposing the 60-month sentence, we affirm the district court’s judgment.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 4, 2014 09:31 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions