United States of America Plaintiff - Appellee v. Zibo Li Defendant - Appellant

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United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

United States of America Plaintiff - Appellee v. Zibo Li Defendant - Appellant

No. 16-4238

    Decided: October 04, 2017

Before GRUENDER, BENTON, and KELLY, Circuit Judges.

Zibo Li was found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to traffic in unauthorized access devices, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371, and two counts of possessing unauthorized access devices, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1029(a)(3), (c)(1)(A)(i). Counsel appeals in a brief filed under Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738 (1967), challenging the sufficiency of the evidence and the constitutionality of the sentence imposed by the district court.1 Having jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291, this court affirms.

The evidence at trial included the testimony of cooperating witnesses who participated at various levels in a scheme that involved selling fraudulently obtained cellular telephones for a profit. Testimony established that law enforcement officials searched Li's home and seized unauthorized access devices and other incriminating evidence after intercepting boxes containing fraudulently obtained cellular telephones sent by Li from Minnesota bound for Hong Kong. This evidence was sufficient to support the jury verdict, notwithstanding Li's denial of knowledge of the fraudulent means used by others to obtain the cellular telephones. See 18 U.S.C. § 1029(a)(3) (possession of unauthorized access devices); United States v. Jenkins-Watts, 574 F.3d 950, 959-60 (8th Cir. 2009) (standard of review and required proof for conspiracy conviction). Li's due process rights were not violated by the district court's application of a preponderance-of-the-evidence standard in sentence enhancements. See United States v. Mustafa, 695 F.3d 860, 862 (8th Cir. 2012) (per curiam).

This court finds no nonfrivolous issues after reviewing the record in accordance with Penson v. Ohio, 488 U.S. 75, 80 (1988).

The judgment is affirmed, and counsel's motion to withdraw is granted.


1.   The Honorable David S. Doty, United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota.


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