222 F.3d 47 (2nd Cir. 2000), 99-1500, United States v Boyd

Docket Nº:Docket No. 99-1500
Citation:222 F.3d 47
Party Name:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Appellee, v. BRENT BOYD, AGNES CARTMELL, aka Bea Cartmell, MARK BOYD, aka Joe Prescott, ALBERT MCAMMOND, aka Albert Adams, DAVID BECKLER, aka David Edwards, GEORGE MAZIOTIS, aka Martin Brook, ROBERT ROSS, aka Robert Stevens, HERVE SOURATI, aka Brian Sinclair, Defendants, CLAIRE PECK, aka Cathy Jackson, Defendant-Appellant.
Case Date:August 09, 2000
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
 
FREE EXCERPT

Page 47

222 F.3d 47 (2nd Cir. 2000)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Appellee,

v.

BRENT BOYD, AGNES CARTMELL, aka Bea Cartmell, MARK BOYD, aka Joe Prescott, ALBERT MCAMMOND, aka Albert Adams, DAVID BECKLER, aka David Edwards, GEORGE MAZIOTIS, aka Martin Brook, ROBERT ROSS, aka Robert Stevens, HERVE SOURATI, aka Brian Sinclair, Defendants,

CLAIRE PECK, aka Cathy Jackson, Defendant-Appellant.

Docket No. 99-1500

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

August 9, 2000

Argued: March 21, 2000

Appeal from judgment of conviction, after jury trial, in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont (Sessions, J.).

Affirmed.

Page 48

GREGORY L. WAPLES, Assistant United States Attorney (Charles R. Tetzlaff, United States Attorney for the District of Vermont on the brief), for Appellee.

MARYANNE E. KAMPMANN, Stetler, Allen & Kampmann, Burlington, VT, for Defendant-Appellant.

Before: FEINBERG, JACOBS, HALL,[*] Circuit Judges.

PER CURIAM:

Defendant-appellant Claire Peck was tried by a jury in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont (Sessions, J.) on charges arising out of her employment as a salesperson for the Canadian Gemstone Association, which marketed gemstones by telephone. She was convicted on five counts of mail fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1341, and one count of wire fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343, and she was acquitted on one count of conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. § 371. Peck is currently serving concurrent 30-month terms of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release. The district court also ordered her to pay (jointly and severally with all co-defendants) restitution of more than $4,000,000.

On appeal, Ms. Peck raises numerous challenges to her conviction and sentence, most of which are rejected in an unpublished summary order also filed today. See United States v. Boyd, et al, No. 99-1500 (2d Cir. 2000). This opinion disposes of Peck's claims that the district court committed plain error: (1) by imposing restitution for damages suffered by victims of counts as to which she was acquitted; and (2) by calculating restitution on one basis (the harm done by the conspiracy as a whole) while calculating prison sentence on another (the damage suffered by Peck's particular customers).

We hold (1) that Peck's conviction implicates her as a co-conspirator, which under the applicable restitution statutes requires an order of restitution up to the full amount of the loss caused by the conspiracy as a whole; and (2) that because the sentence of imprisonment was reasonable under the Sentencing Guidelines and the restitution amount is reasonable under the restitution statutes, the purported inconsistency in calculating these provisions of the sentence was not plain error.

BACKGROUND

We summarize here only the facts that bear upon the issues decided in this opinion. Because Peck appeals after a jury

Page 49

trial, "our statement of the facts views the evidence in the light most favorable to the government, crediting any inferences that the jury might have drawn in its favor." United States v. Salameh, 152 F.3d 88, 107 n.1 (2d Cir. 1998) (per curiam).

Peck was employed as a salesperson for the Canadian Gemstone Association ("CGA"), a Canadian firm that sold gemstones over the telephone to Americans. CGA marketed the stones as investment-grade gems whose supply was controlled by a cartel in Colombia and whose value was therefore projected to increase substantially. The evidence at trial showed that Peck and the other employees at CGA made false statements and representations to induce customers to purchase and invest in gemstones at vastly inflated prices.

Between 1993 and 1996, hundreds of Americans paid more than $5 million for stones marketed by CGA.

In June 1997, a federal grand jury returned a 38-count indictment charging Peck and eight others with conspiracy...

To continue reading

FREE SIGN UP