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CASE ENTRY

United States v. Chittenden

Fairfax, Va. bank employee convicted of reaping $231k through fraud scheme is ordered to forfeit over $1.5 mil, including assets the gov’t stipulates were not fraudulently obtained. Fourth Circuit (2017): Freezing her assets prior to trial doesn’t violate the Sixth Amendment; she may have had to go heavily into debt, but she retained her counsel of choice. Fourth Circuit (2018, on remand from SCOTUS): But she’s not liable for the full $1.5 mil; no more forfeiting untainted assets.


Tags: 2018, Forfeiture, Fourth Circuit, Sixth Amendment

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