Witness Flub Won't Change Vegas Housing Fraud Verdict

Law360, New York (March 13, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT) -- A Las Vegas couple convicted of orchestrating a mortgage fraud scheme that bilked federally insured banks out of more than $24 million does not deserve a new trial despite a defense witness's abysmal performance on the stand, a Nevada federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Roger L. Hunt denied the Jan. 20 motion by former real estate broker Eve Mazzarella and her husband Steven Grimm. They and a third defendant, Melissa Beecroft, were convicted in December on multiple counts of conspiracy and fraud following a 37-day...
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