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Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
Curley v. United States
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Curley was a member of a company involved in government housing and defense related contracts. During preliminary negotiations with certain prospective clients, the company seriously misrepresented various details about their financial status and purported that the group held significant assets and cash, already had obtained approval for housing projects from the Federal Housing Administration, and the fact they were sought out for other business contracts. All of these misrepresentations were contained in brochures, contracts, and communications with clients. Curley and his co-defendants were indicted on multiple charges including: conspiracy to commit mail fraud and violation of the Federal mail fraud statute. Curley claimed he had no knowledge of the wrongdoing of his co-conspirators. However, Curley also had direct knowledge of the company finacial status and had personally interacted with clients. Curley moved for a directed verdict, which the court denied.
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