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United States v. Vigneau
Citation:187 F.3d 70 (1999)
Two brothers, Patrick and Mark Vigneau, were convicted after a lengthy trial on charges growing out of their participation in a drug distribution scheme. On appeal, Patrick Vigneau claims that the district court erred in allowing the government to introduce Western Union “To Send Money” forms, primarily in support of the money laundering charges. The Government introduced over 70 records of Western Union money transfers. Patrick Vigneau’s name, address, and telephone number appeared as that of the sender on 21 of the “To Send Money” forms and those 21 forms corresponded to the 21 specific counts of money laundering on which Patrick Vignaeu was ultimately convicted by the jury. Patrick Vigneau argues that his name, address, and telephone number on the “To Send Money” forms were inadmissible hearsay used to identify Patrick Vigneau as the sender.
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