NOT GUILTY On Multiple Counts of $700,000 Federal Grant Wire Fraud Wire Fraud and Amount of Loss Reduced To $73,000
In U.S. v. Ding, No. 15-0035 (E.D. Pa.) a federal jury acquitted on four counts of a $700,000 wire fraud alleging fraud in connection with the procurement and fulfillment of federal grants from NASA. This case involved numerous complex legal issues relating to the performance and execution of federal grants, including the materiality and timing of the alleged misrepresentations. Ms. Lefeber vigorously raised unique issues as to the core theories of the prosecution and mounted an extraordinary challenge to the amount of loss. Ultimately, the trial Judge agreed and the amount of loss was reduced to $73,000. The trial judge noted that it was the result of the exemplary quality of Ms. Lefeber’s trial strategy, written motions and briefs that the defendant was acquitted on multiple counts and had his exposure so drastically reduced. The Judge further noted that he considers Ms. Lefeber to be “preeminent” and among the best criminal defense lawyers in New York City. Ms. Lefeber raised additional legal issues based upon a recent United States Supreme Court decision and Third Circuit Court of Appeals decision that may result in a reversal of the remaining counts on appeal.