|SUCCESSFUL APPEAL BY MIAMI LAWYER
Bank Fraud Conviction Reversed In Benton Bank Case, Defendant Released; Attorney David M. Garvin Successfully Appeals District
White collar criminal defense attorney David M. Garvin today announced the successful appeal of the bank fraud conviction of Timothy Parkes in a case involving the former Benton Bank in Polk County, Tenn. On Feb. 2, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its unanimous decision in the case of United States v. Timothy Parkes, Case No. 09-6525, reversing convictions of bank fraud on all counts and granting the defendant's motion for judgment of acquittal. The court held that the district court had incorrectly denied Parkes' motion for acquittal following the jury trial.
"After a long battle, we are pleased that Timothy Parkes is once again a free man," said Garvin. "The appeals process can be lengthy and arduous, but it proves that bad decisions can be reversed and defendants can get a second chance at justice."
Parkes and his partner Mark Mourier were each charged with 13 counts of bank fraud arising from loans that were made to more than 10 LLCs for millions of dollars by Benton Bank. The bank president was separately charged and pled guilty. Ultimately, the bank failed. Parkes was also charged with making a false statement to special agents during the investigation.
The jury found Mourier not guilty on all counts. Parkes was found not guilty on three counts of bank fraud and one count of making a false statement. During the trial the court prohibited Parkes from presenting evidence to support the theory of his defense, i.e. that the bank president had acted alone. In addition, Parkes' motion for mistrial was denied despite the fact the prosecutor improperly told the jury if they acquitted Parkes, he would get to keep more than $4 million of the bank's money. Parkes timely moved for judgment of acquittal based upon insufficient evidence. The district court denied the motion. Parkes appealed.
The Sixth Circuit Court of appeals found that the district court erred when it prevented Parkes from introducing evidence in support of his defense. The court also found that the district court erred when it denied Parkes' motion for mistrial based upon the prosecutor's misconduct and most importantly when the district Court denied Parkes' Rule 29 motion for judgment of acquittal due to insufficient evidence.
Tax Attorney David M. Garvin, P.A.