Discussion Board A Question of Ethics-Criminal Process.
Gary Peters fraudulently told an undocumented immigrant that Peters could help him obtain lawful status. Peters said that he knew immigration officials and asked for money to aid the process. The victim paid Peters at east $25,000 in wire transfers and checks. Peters had others call the victim, falsely represent that they were agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and induce continued payments. He threatened to contact authorities to detain or deport the victim and his wife. Peters was convicted in a federal district court of wire fraud. [United States v Peters, 2015 WL 120637 (11th Cir. 2015)] (See Constitutional Safeguards and Criminal Procedures.) Peters had previously committed theft and fraud. The court stated, “This is the person he is. He steals from his relatives. He steals from his business partner. He steals from immigrants. He steals from anybody he comes into contact with.” What does Peters's conduct indicate about his ethics? Peters's attorney argued that his client's criminal history was partially due to “difficult personal times caused by divorce, illness, and job loss. Despite this claim, Peters was sentenced to forty-eight months Start Thread