2nd Circ. Affirms Conviction Of Man Who Faked Gov't Docs

Law360 (July 16, 2020, 8:25 PM EDT) -- A Second Circuit panel affirmed the fraud conviction Thursday of a New York man who falsely posed as a government official in order to purchase flights and rent an apartment, leaving in place his four-year prison sentence.

The three-judge panel disagreed with Brandon Jones' argument that the government lacked the evidence to convict him for using "false or fictitious" government financial documents, which Jones said referred only to completely made-up documents, not counterfeit versions of real ones.

"We hold that the term 'false or fictitious' as used in 18 U.S.C. § 514 refers to both wholly contrived types of documents or...

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