Judge Rips Feds For 'Misguided' Foreign Fraud Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (April 21, 2015, 8:52 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Friday tossed the federal government's suit alleging a U.N. official in Canada took bribes from officers of a Ukrainian passport company, blasting government attorneys for their "misguided prosecution" of foreign individuals engaged in foreign conduct with U.S. laws.

At a hearing in San Francisco on motions to dismiss filed by U.N. agency executive Mauricio Siciliano and Ukrainian businessman Alexander Vassiliev, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer excoriated Assistant U.S. Attorneys W.S. Wilson Leung and Damali Taylor for trying to charge non-U.S. citizens for activities outside the U.S., involving use of wires that did not reach or pass...

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