May 21, 2013
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
CLAUDIA ROBINSON, Defendant.
ORDER ACCEPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION REGARDING GUILTY PLEA Docket 85
SAUNDRA BROWN ARMSTRONG, District Judge.
On February 6, 2013, the Court referred this matter to Magistrate Judge Ryu for a report and recommendation on the acceptance of Defendant's guilty plea. Dkt. 80. On February 19, 2013, the Defendant appeared before the magistrate and, with the assistance of counsel, waived her right to enter a guilty plea before a district judge and instead consented to enter her plea in a hearing before the magistrate. See Dkt. 85. The magistrate conducted a full hearing in the manner set forth in Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11. Id . After the advisements set forth in Rule 11, the Defendant entered a guilty plea in open court. Specifically, the Defendant pled guilty pursuant to a written plea agreement to Counts Nine through Sixteen of the Indictment charging Defendant with filing false claims with an agency of the United States in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 287. Id . The magistrate found that Defendant was fully competent and capable of entering an informed plea, that she was aware of the nature of the charges and the consequences of the guilty plea, and that the guilty plea was knowing and voluntary and supported by an independent factual basis. Id.
On February 19, 2013, the magistrate issued a Report and Recommendation Regarding Guilty Plea in which she recommends that this Court accept Defendant's guilty plea. Dkt. 85. The Report and Recommendation advises the parties that they may serve and file specific written objections to the order within fourteen days after being served with a copy of the order. Id . No written objections to the Report and Recommendation were filed prior to the hearing. At the May 21, 2013 sentencing hearing in this matter, the parties indicated that they have no objections to the Report and Recommendation. Accordingly,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT the magistrate's Report and Recommendation (Dkt. 85) is ACCEPTED, the Defendant's guilty plea is accepted, and the magistrate's Report and Recommendation shall become the order of this Court.
IT IS SO ORDERED.