3rd Circ. Scraps Fraud Convictions Of Philly Official, Others

Law360, New York (January 4, 2012, 5:07 PM EST) -- The Third Circuit on Wednesday overturned the honest fraud convictions of three men — including a former chief of staff for a Philadelphia city councilman — found guilty of exchanging gifts for favors benefiting a real estate firm.

A jury had convicted appellants Christopher G. Wright, Ravinder S. Chawla and Andrew Teitelman in February 2009. Prosecutors accused Wright — a realtor who also served as chief of staff to Philadelphia City Councilman John Kelly from 2005 to 2007 — of accepting a free apartment and legal...
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