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Sentence Modification – Fraud

7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Case Name: United States of America v. Craig Klund

Case No.: 22-1191

Officials: Easterbrook, Ripple, and Wood, Circuit Judges.

Focus: Sentence Modification – Fraud

Klund purports to supply electrical parts. In 1991 and in 1993, he was convicted for fraudulent misrepresentations involving defense contracts. Disqualified from the award of government contracts, from 2011-2019, Klund bid on defense contracts using shell corporations, aliases, and the names of employees and relatives. His modus operandi is to obtain contracts with the Department based on false representations, and then to fail to deliver the promised goods. In this case, he pleaded guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering, and the district court sentenced him to 120 months’ imprisonment. On appeal, Klund challenges his sentence, arguing that the district court improperly calculated the loss he intended to inflict.


Decided 02/07/23

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