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United States of America v. Jesse Caine Brocius
Case Number: 2:18-cr-00407-JAD-EJY
Judge: Jennifer A. Dorsey
Court: United States District Court for the District of Nevada (Clark County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office
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Las Vegas, NV - The United States of America charged Jesse Caine Brocius, age 40, with bank fraud and money laundering.
Defendant pleaded guilty to devising a bank fraud and money laundering scheme through which he stole nearly $400,000.
According to court documents and admissions that Brocius made in court, between January 12, 2015 and February 10, 2015, he obtained a stolen check made payable to a family trust, in the amount of $391,636. Before cashing the stolen check, Brocius had applied to the IRS for an employer identification number falsely claiming that he was a trustee of that family trust. He also created a false Living Trust Agreement identifying him as its trustee. On February 10, 2015, Brocius opened two bank accounts in the trust’s name, depositing the stolen check into those accounts. Within four months, Brocius depleted all of money he had stolen: between February 10, 2015 and June 8, 2015, he spent it on personal expenses, such as luxury hotels, or withdrew the funds as cash.
At sentencing, Brocius faces a maximum statutory penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine for bank fraud, and 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for money laundering. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Lopez is prosecuting the case.
18:1344(2) - Bank Fraud
18:1957 - Money Laundering
18:1957 - Money Laundering
Outcome: 06/24/2020 34 MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS - Change of Plea via video-conference as to Jesse Caine Brocius held on 6/24/2020 before Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey. Crtrm Administrator: Danielle Cacciabaudo; AUSA: Tony Lopez; Def Counsel: Brian Pugh; Court Reporter/Recorder: Amber McClane; Time of Hearing: 2:39 p.m. - 3:14 p.m.; Courtroom: 6D;
Defendant is present in custody. All parties are appearing via video-conference. Defendant waives his in-person appearance for this hearing. Defendant is sworn and canvassed. Defendant pleads GUILTY to counts 1 and 4 of the Indictment 1 . Plea Agreement filed. Court accepts the guilty plea. This matter is referred to the probation department for investigation and report. Trial setting as to this defendant is vacated. Court adjourns. Defendant is remanded to custody.
Sentencing and disposition set for 9/21/2020 at 11:00 AM in LV Courtroom 6D before Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey.
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06/24/2020 35 PLEA AGREEMENT as to Jesse Caine Brocius. (DC) (Entered: 06/25/2020)
06/24/2020 36 NOTICE to contact the U.S. Probation Office as to Jesse Caine Brocius. (DC) (Entered: 06/25/2020)