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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
Cleveland v. United States
Citation:531 U.S. 12, 121 S.Ct. 365, 148 L.Ed.2d 221 (2000)
Cleveland (Defendant) and other individuals were prosecuted under the federal mail fraud statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1341, for making false statements in applying to the Louisiana State Police for permission to operate video poker machines. Cleveland assisted Fred Goodson in preparing a license application, which by statute required Goodson to identify any business partners. Because Cleveland and Goodson had financial issues that could have prevented them from obtaining a video-poker license, the application falsely named Goodson’s adult children as the sole owners of his company. The United States charged Cleveland and Goodson with mail fraud, accusing them of violating the mail-fraud statute by fraudulently concealing that they were the real owners of the applicant company in the applications mailed to the state. A jury found Cleveland guilty on two counts of mail fraud, and he was sentenced to prison.
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