A Bad Check Deposits Potentially Dangerous Federal Power

Law360, New York (June 18, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT) -- The upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loughrin v. United States (Docket No. 13-316) will have profound implications for the construction of the federal bank fraud statute (18 U.S.C. § 1344), as well as the trend of federalizing crime that has been traditionally prosecuted at the state and local levels.

By all accounts and as proven at trial, Kevin Loughrin was a grifter engaging in a variety of criminal activity, including posing as a Mormon missionary to swindle elderly pensioners. At the heart of the Loughrin case are his crimes involving the Target department store, which included shoplifting merchandise and then...

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