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US v. Presbitero, No. 07-1129

By FindLaw Staff on June 24, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Conviction for filing false tax returns is affirmed and sentence vacated where: 1) there was no impermissible constructive amendment of the indictment warranting a new trial; 2) there was sufficient evidence to support his conviction as the jury could have found that defendant signed the returns willfully and knowing that they were false; 3) defendant's claim that the government violated his due process rights when it took inconsistent positions in the two cases against him fails as the two trials did not involve the same underlying crime and the government did not take fundamentally opposite positions in its two prosecutions; and 4) defendant's Sixth Amendment right to confront the witnesses against him was not violated. Co-defendant Velasquez's acquittal for conspiring to defraud the United States is reversed where a rational jury could have determined that he had the requisite intent.   

Read US v. Presbitero, No. 07-1129

Appellate Information
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.
Argued: February 28, 2008
Decided: June 24, 2009

Before ROVNER, WOOD, and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.
Opinion by WILLIAMS, Circuit Judge.

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