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Crime Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas indicted on allegations of wire fraud

18:25  08 november  2019
18:25  08 november  2019 Source:   khou.com

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Wire fraud carries a penalty of not more than 20 years in federal prison, and a fine of up to 0,000 per count. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Pegeen Rhyne. The charges contained in the indictment are allegations , and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven

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A judge serving in Harris County has been indicted on allegations of wire fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Friday morning.

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Judge Alexandra Smoots-Thomas, 44, is currently the presiding judge for the 164th District Court for the State of Texas and has jurisdiction over Texas civil cases located within Harris County.

Smoots-Thomas allegedly embezzled campaign contributions individuals and political action committees had made to her re-election campaigns. She is accused of soliciting campaign contributions for 2012 and 2016 — but then using that money for non-campaign expenses, including home mortgage payments, private school tuition, personal travel expenses, personal luxury items and cash withdrawals.

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As alleged in the indictment , WISETH also submitted false bills for services by misrepresenting the services that were actually provided to patients. This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Indictments are only allegations . All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

A federal grand jury returned the seven-count indictment Oct. 24, which was unsealed Friday as she surrendered to federal authorities. She is expected to make her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray Friday, as early as 10 a.m.

Each count of wire fraud carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison as well as a maximum $250,000 fine.

“The defendant in this case is a judge, whose responsibilities are to make sure the law is followed and carried out,” Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner, of the FBI - Houston Division, said. “She was entrusted to serve the citizens of Harris County with duty and honor. However, the allegations contained in today’s indictment show that the judge put personal enrichment over this duty and honor."

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The indictment also alleges that Holmes and Balwani made numerous misrepresentations about Theranos’ financial condition and future prospects. Each defendant faces two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud .

The 12-count indictment charges Hutchinson with eight counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing false tax returns. Counts one through eight of the indictment charge Hutchinson with wire fraud related to falsified state campaign finance reports and soliciting campaign donors with fraudulent intent.

Smoots-Thomas concealed this spending from both her campaign treasurer and the Texas Ethics Commission by filing false campaign finance reports, according to the charges.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ralph Imperato and John Pearson are handling the case.

According to her election website, Smoots-Hogan was born and raised in southeast Houston. She attended school at UT-Austin, University of St. Thomas and South Texas College of Law. Her law career began in Houston before she was elected in 2008 to her first term as a civil district court judge. She was elected to a second term in 2012, and in 2016 she ran unopposed in the Texas 164th District Court Democratic primary, according to Ballotpedia, eventually winning a third term.

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