2nd Circle Nixes-stamped $33 million fraud judgment

By Max Jaeger (February 10, 2022, 8:01 PM EST) – The Second Circuit Thursday overturned a $33 million restitution order in a decade-old fraud case and, in a rare step, took it upon itself to start the district judge who did not properly review the order before late approving it.

Rather than review Magistrate Judge Vera M. Scanlon’s 2015 report and recommendation to respond in a timely fashion to objections from fraud defendants Joseph Romano, Vincent Romano, and Kevin Wells, U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. waited more than four years to finally and summarily adopt the report in October. 2019 – reasoning only that Magistrate Judge Scanlon “is a good Magistrate Judge”, according to…

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