United States v. Millender

Evidence was sufficient to convict a defendant for offenses related to wire fraud and money laundering, but the defendant’s wife’s convictions weren’t supported. The couple founded and led an Alexandria church, which the husband began to fund via soliciting funds from lenders, to whom he promised a high rate of return. But there was no evidence that the wife played any role in conceiving the “business model” used to solicit borrowed funds or that she knew false or misleading statements were being made to lenders. The fact that she benefited from the fraud did not put her on notice of it. The court granted her motion for acquittal.

United States v. Millender, No. 1:16cr239, Sept. 24, 2018. EDVA at Alexandria (Trenga).

Categories: U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Virginia

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