Fraudster's Court Tirades Forfeit Pro Se Rights, Feds Say

Law360, Los Angeles (June 19, 2015, 4:10 PM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors told a California federal judge Thursday that a San Francisco man recently convicted of fraud in connection with an $11 million art deal should be barred from representing himself at sentencing due to his "ear-piercing tirade" and other "exceptional misconduct."

Luke Brugnara, who made millions in the real estate markets of San Francisco and Las Vegas, was found guilty by a federal jury on May 19 of mail and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to steal $11 million worth of art. He was also found guilty of escaping custody, perjury and contempt by the jury, which deliberated...

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