Steven Brill Argued that the Court Reverse his Client’s Wire Fraud Conviction and 108-month Sentence
Steven Brill recently argued before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in the matter of the United States v. Steven Rawlins. Mr. Rawlins was convicted in 2015 of wire fraud and sentenced to 108 months. The charges stemmed from allegations that Mr. Rawlins misappropriated millions of dollars from healthcare companies located in Tennessee. The U.S Attorney's Office claimed that from 2009 to 2013, Rawlins used his role as a consultant and acting CFO to embezzle funds from those companies.
On appeal Mr. Brill argued that Mr. Rawlins' was deprived his right to a fair trial as a result of the District Court's pre-trial rulings on the government's evidentiary motions, the Court's errors in failing to submit requested jury charges and procedural errors in finding sentencing adjustments for obstruction of justice and sophisticated means.
At the oral argument, the Judges focused heavily on the argument that the district judge precluded any testimony of the main government witness's extramarital affair. This affair was the beginning of the “inception of deceit” and culminated into the witness's motive to undervalue the company and secretly authorize and permit Mr. Rawlins to take the funds he took.