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United States of America v. Robert Brandon Mawhinney

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SOUTHERN DIVISION


May 16, 2013

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
ROBERT BRANDON MAWHINNEY, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Cormac J. Carney United States District Judge

ORDER OF REVOCATION AND DETENTION

The Court revokes the order of release and detains the defendant pending further proceedings in this case. The Court finds that there is probable cause to believe that the defendant committed the federal crime of making a false statement to a federally insured financial institution while he was on release. More specifically, the defendant submitted a credit card application to Schools First Federal Credit Union ("Schools FFCU") on which he falsely stated that he had a gross monthly income of $22,500 and that he owned his home for 170 months. The defendant knew these statements were false but nevertheless made them to induce Schools FFCU, which is insured by the National Credit Administration Board, to approve his application for credit. This crime was the very same crime that the defendant had pled guilty to only one day before.

The Court also finds that the defendant has failed to rebut the presumption that no condition or combination of conditions will assure that he will not pose an economic danger to the safety of another person or the community. The defendant has demonstrated that he is unable to control his fraudulent behavior. His original arrest did not stop him. The filing of five serious felony counts did not stop him. His prior promises to the Court not to commit any crime as part of the Court's earlier release order did not stop him. The likelihood of serving a significant prison sentence for the crimes he pleaded guilty to one day before did not stop him. Detaining the defendant is the only sure way to keep people and the community safe.

The Court also finds that the defendant is now a serious flight risk and that there is no condition or combination of conditions that will assure his appearance as required. First, the defendant has been convicted of very serious felony charges and he is now facing a significant prison sentence. Second, the Court has concerns about the defendant's character for honesty and integrity. He himself has admitted that he deceives other people and the community for his own financial gain. Third, the defendant's ties to this district are not strong. He owns no property, has no significant money or steady employment and has no wife or children that reside here. Detaining the defendant is the only reasonable way to assure that he will show up for his sentencing.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the defendant's pretrial release be revoked and that he be detained prior to sentencing.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the defendant be afforded reasonable opportunity for private consultation with counsel.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, on order of a Court of the United States or on request of any attorney for the Government, the person in charge of the corrections facility in which the defendant is confined deliver him to a United States marshal for the purpose of an appearance in connection with any court proceeding.

IT IS ORDERED that the Clerk deliver a copy of this Order of Revocation and Detention to the U.S. Marshal and the U.S. Pretrial Services Office.

FILED: May 16, 2013 TERRY NAFISI, CLERK OF COURT by Michelle Urie Deputy Clerk

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