Scientists Ask Justices To Overturn $10.5M Fraud Conviction

Law360 (August 30, 2019, 6:09 PM EDT) -- Two scientists convicted of fraudulently obtaining $10.5 million in federal government grants have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their sentences, saying that their actions did not harm anybody financially.

Mahmoud Aldissi, a polymer chemist, and his wife, Anastassia Bogomolova, a molecular biologist, said Thursday that, while the Eleventh Circuit upheld their convictions for identity theft and falsification of records, they should not have received harsher sentences for wire fraud.

The Eleventh Circuit followed the rationale of six other circuit courts in finding that wire fraud does not depend on financial loss alone and can arise from any deception used to...

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