NJ Atty Can't Beat Convictions In Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Law360 (August 14, 2019, 8:12 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey state appeals court on Wednesday upheld a suspended attorney’s conspiracy and theft convictions for her role in a roughly $873,000 mortgage fraud scheme, but the panel nixed her conviction on a money laundering charge.

In affirming her convictions for conspiracy and theft by deception, the panel rejected Stephanie Hand’s argument that a judge improperly limited her lawyer’s cross-examination of alleged co-conspirator Thomas D'Anna during her 2017 jury trial with respect to the potential prison time he was facing before striking a deal with prosecutors.

Prosecutors have said Hand conspired with D’Anna and Julio Concepcion in the sham sales...

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