United States v. Hedrick, 100316 FED11, 15-14126

Docket Nº:15-14126
Opinion Judge:PER CURIAM
Party Name:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. RONDELL SCOTT HEDRICK, Defendant-Appellant.
Judge Panel:Before JORDAN, JULIE CARNES, and ANDERSON, Circuit Judges.
Case Date:October 03, 2016
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
 
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee,

v.

RONDELL SCOTT HEDRICK, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 15-14126

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

October 3, 2016

         DO NOT PUBLISH

         Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida D.C. Docket No. 3:13-cr-00228-MJG-MCR -1

          Before JORDAN, JULIE CARNES, and ANDERSON, Circuit Judges.

          PER CURIAM

         Defendant-Appellee Rondell Hedrick appeals from a final judgment of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida denying Hedrick's motion for a judgment of acquittal as to the charge of having committed wire fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343.[1] Hedrick argues on appeal that the district court erred in denying his motion because the Government failed as a matter of law to prove the accusation beyond a reasonable doubt. After careful review of the briefs and relevant parts of the record, we affirm.

         This case arises out of a criminal indictment filed on December 18, 2013 charging that Hedrick engaged in a scheme and artifice to defraud by means of an internet website advertising various purported investment opportunities, including an investment into world gold markets, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343. The indictment charged that, among other false representations, the website advertised that Hedrick's corporation, Hedrick Consulting, Inc., bought gold in any quantity for cash in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Accra, Ghana, and other places. As part of this scheme, Hedrick pitched a purportedly profitable international gold investment opportunity to a Confidential Source ("CS") who held himself out as a principal of a charitable organization. Hedrick allegedly made numerous false representations to the CS, including that Hedrick regularly buys gold and has business relationships with gold mines and precious metals refineries throughout the world. Hedrick communicated with the CS via cellular telephone and email to discuss the proposed gold investment scheme and to send documents including a Promissory Note and a Purchase and Sales Agreement to attempt to consummate the CS's investment of $500, 000.00. After meeting with the CS at a hotel in Jacksonville, Florida to close...

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