RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has reinstated a North Carolina real estate lawyer's convictions in a mortgage fraud case involving more than 200 transactions.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Monday that a judge erred in ordering a new trial for Victoria Sprouse.
In 2009, a Charlotte jury convicted Sprouse on multiple counts of fraud and money laundering for allegedly lying to lenders, falsifying documents and stealing from clients.
Before sentencing, U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger ordered a new trial. He ruled that a jury instruction was improper under a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling in an unrelated case. But the appeals court said Sprouse didn't object at the time and failed to prove that the instruction affected the outcome of the trial.
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