Mail Not Integral To Jailed Lawyer's Scheme, 7th Circ. Told

By Lauraann Wood (April 20, 2018, 6:51 PM EDT) -- An Indiana lawyer serving two years for bilking a bankrupt grocery store of more than $300,000 after he was appointed its receiver asked the Seventh Circuit on Friday to overturn his conviction, saying the prosecutors who charged him with mail fraud failed to prove his use of mail sought to further his scheme rather than to simply avoid its detection.

Counsel for Robert Stochel told the three-judge panel that Stochel's scheme between 2001 and 2004 to make unauthorized withdrawals from the receivership account for Tip Top Supermarket was complete upon acquiring the money he wrote from checks on the account. The...

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