Judge Won't Hold Separate Trials In $50M BCI Fraud Case

Law360, New York (August 8, 2011, 6:01 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in Illinois on Friday largely refused to hold separate criminal trials for BCI Aircraft Leasing Inc.’s CEO and the numerous associates implicated in a fraudulent $50 million investment scheme, but agreed to set aside charges for tax violations.

U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve rejected the defendants’ claims that the counts in the superseding indictment spanning fraud, bribery and obstruction of justice in connection with the alleged BCI scam were improperly lumped together and required 10 separate trials.

“Defendants generally argue that they...
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