Joe Hogsett statement on Durham guilty verdict

Joe Hogsett
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United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett released the following statement in response to the jury's return of guilty verdicts in the matter of U.S. v. Durham Wednesday afternoon. This follows a seven-day trial before Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson.

"No matter who you are, no matter how much money you have, no matter how powerful your friends are, in a free society, no one is above the law.

"The decision made in this courtroom today sends a powerful warning that if you sacrifice truth in the name of greed, if you steal from another's effort to carve out the American dream to enhance your own, you will be caught. The Office of the United States Attorney will not stand idly by and allow a culture of corruption to exist in this community - now, or in the future.

"This decision also sends a message of hope. Although they will never be made whole, it is my sincere hope that today's verdict brings some measure of justice to the thousands of hardworking people whose financial well-being was destroyed at the hands of these men. Destruction through selfishness, through self-indulgence, and through lies. Actions that represent a dark side of human nature. These men will now be held fully accountable for their actions.

"I want to recognize the great investigative work in this case by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including Special Agent in Charge Bob Holley, and Special Agents Dennis Hallidan and Doug Kaspar. I applaud their efforts, and they deserve our thanks.

"I'd also like to thank the government's prosecution team, who for the last two weeks, and years before that, has worked tirelessly in the pursuit of justice. From our office we have Assistant United States Attorneys Winfield Ong and Nick Surmacz, and from the U.S. Department of Justice we have Kathleen McGovern and Henry Van Dyck."

All Defendants were detained pending a detention hearing Monday, June 25th at 10:00 a.m.