Petters Associate Wants Criminal Record Kept From Jury

Law360, New York (October 17, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT) -- Frank Elroy Vennes Jr., a longtime fundraiser for Thomas J. Petters' $3.7 billion Ponzi scheme, asked a Minnesota federal court Friday to sever the charges against him from those against a co-defendant that reference Vennes' criminal history.

Vennes — who his currently facing counts of fraud, money laundering and making false statements on credit applications for allegedly participating in Petters' scheme — asked the court to disregard a recommendation by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey J. Keyes that it deny his motion to sever. He is seeking...
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