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U.S. v. Van Allen, 07-1160

A conviction for a series of financial crimes, involving the structuring of currency transactions and the concealment of assets in a bankruptcy proceeding, is affirmed where: 1) there was sufficient evidence to support a finding that defendant structured his business transactions to evade reporting requirements; 2) there was sufficient evidence to show that defendant intentionally concealed his business in the course if filing for bankruptcy; 3) defendant failed to support his "advice of counsel" theory so no jury instruction on that matter was required; 4) the jury was properly instructed as to a concealment charge; and 5) evidence of the bank's reports for deposits totaling $10,000 was not erroneously excluded since it had no bearing on defendant's knowledge or intent.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 11/26/2007
  • Decided 04/29/2008
  • Published 04/29/2008


  • BAUER, Circuit Judge., Before BAUER, ROVNER and WOOD, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellees:
  • Brian R. Havey (argued), Office of the United States Attorney, Chicago, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellee., Jerold S. Solovy, Andrew S. Nicoll (argued), Jenner & Block, Chicago, IL, for Defendant-Appellant.
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