Ill. Man Sentenced Again After Posner Botched 1st Trial

Law360 (July 24, 2018, 11:12 PM EDT) -- An Illinois man convicted of filing false tax returns was sentenced Tuesday to 28 months' time served, according to the U.S. attorneys' office, in a second trial granted over prejudicial statements made in the first trial by retired Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner, who served as the district judge.

Hakeem El-Bey, a U.S. Postal Service employee from Chicago, defended himself twice against the government's claims that he filed six tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service seeking $1.8 million in tax refunds to which he was not entitled. He received $600,000 from the scheme, which he used to purchase a house and...

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