No. 96-3166.

128 F.3d 557 (1997)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Larry L. EMERSON, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided October 20, 1997.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Rodger A. Heaton, Estaban F. Sanchez (argued), Office of the United States Attorney, Springfield, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellee.

Monroe McWard, Taylorville, IL, Jon G. Noll, Jeffrey T. Page (argued), Springfield, IL, for Defendant-Appellant.

Before RIPPLE, KANNE, and DIANE P. WOOD, Circuit Judges.

KANNE, Circuit Judge.

Larry Emerson, an employee of the United States Postal Service, set up a scheme for hiring contractors to perform work (some real and some phony) on post offices across central Illinois in exchange for kickbacks of money, vehicles, services, and real estate. This plan worked well for awhile, enabling Emerson to swindle more than a quarter of a million dollars from the Postal Service. The postal inspectors eventually discovered the fraud, and...


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