No. 99-14962.

253 F.3d 641 (2001)

Jose MAIZ, Oziel Garza, et al., Plaintiffs-Counter-Defendants-Appellees, v. Amir VIRANI, Atlanta Associates, Inc., et al., Defendants-Counter-Plaintiffs-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

June 8, 2001.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Marlo Orlin Leach, Todd E. Jones, Jerry B. Blackstock, John W. Harbin, Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy, Atlanta, GA, for Defendants-Counter-Plaintiffs-Appellants.

John Matney Harmon, John B. McFarland, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody, P.C., Austin, TX, for Plaintiffs-Counter-Defendants-Appellees.

Before ANDERSON, Chief Judge, and MARCUS and KRAVITCH, Circuit Judges.

MARCUS, Circuit Judge:

Defendants Amir Virani, Ignacio Santos, and three companies affiliated with them appeal the district court's entry of an $18 million judgment against them on Plaintiffs' civil RICO claim. Plaintiffs, who are Mexican citizens, allege that Defendants solicited their investment in a Georgia real estate venture, only to defraud them by taking hidden profits on land sales, claiming unauthorized expense reimbursements...


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