Justice Department investigating local prosecutors over 'significant failures' in mortgage fraud case
The issues include failures by local prosecutors to complete electronic review and discovery of evidence to the defense — as required under criminal procedures — as well as discrepancies or inconsistent statements made to the court about whether and when investigators would finish processing the mound of evidence and millions of pages of documents obtained from subpoenas and search warrants.
"These are serious issues which require an institutional response from the government," the brief continued. "This institutional response is ongoing in the form of the above-referenced OPR inquiry, as well as a focus and commitment by this office's leadership to take necessary and appropriate steps, including increased supervision and training, to ensure that such failures are addressed and do not occur in the future."
Wolford had sharply criticized the prosecution's work on multiple occasions, both in her written rulings and from the bench. Defense attorneys also denounced the government's actions. However, there is no indication by Wolford or others in any filings or statements that there was deliberate misconduct or deception, nor that the mortgage fraud case itself — which never went to trial — was faulty.
The leadership of the local office — under
The office is working with Associate Deputy Attorney General
The office will also provide more internal training and mentoring of managers and assistant
Morgan his son, his finance chief and a
From the start,
Citing violations of the defendants' rights to a speedy trial, Wolford threw out the first indictment against Morgan in
Five months later, on
That's when she voiced concern about "apparent inconsistencies in the way the government had handled certain evidence" and "representations the government had made about it." She ordered an evidentiary hearing for the week of
Specifically, Wolford focused on statements about three laptops that were seized by the government but never searched, conflicting statements by Assistant
There were also questions regarding claims made to Schroeder or Wolford about how much time was needed to complete discovery; about whether the government had complied with its discovery obligations under federal criminal procedure rules; about how it used search terms in processing evidence; that "all discovery" had been completed by
But the hearing never happened, because Morgan and his co-defendants pleaded guilty to significantly reduced charges with no prison time and minimal fines, ending the case. Morgan also previously agreed to forfeit
In the meantime, the
Wolford was still open to investigating, so the
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