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US v. Turner, 07-1062

A false statement need not actually influence the agents to whom it is made in order to satisfy the materiality requirement for the offense of making false statements to the FBI; it need only have the possibility of influencing a reasonable agent under normal circumstances, and Appellant's statements, denying that he provided supervisory cover for employees' scheme to defraud the State of Illinois, satisfied this standard. The fact that some of the employees were paid their falsely inflated wages via direct deposit supplies the "use of the wires" element necessary to make this a federal wire fraud.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 12/03/2007
  • Decided 12/30/2008
  • Published 12/30/2008


  • SYKES, Circuit Judge., Before BAUER, EVANS, and SYKES, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellees:
  • Gregory K. Harris, Office of The United States Attorney, Springfield, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellee., Michael J. Gonring, Quarles & Brady, Milwaukee, WI, for Defendant-Appellant.