Friday, July 22, 2005

Fake Doctor's Note Defendant Pleads Guilty

Michael Alcott tried to postpone his bank fraud trial by submitting a fake doctor's note to the district court stating that he had terminal cancer.  As discussed in an earlier post (here), upon learning about this little ruse, the court revoked his bail and ordered him held pending the start of trial.  Alcott has now entered a guilty plea to bank fraud charges that included submitting a financial statement on the letterhead of a local accounting firm -- faked, once again.  According to a press release (here) issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts (Boston), another charge was a Travel Act violation because, while on pre-trial release on the bank fraud charges, Alcott tried to extort a doctor in California for $150,000 by threatening to reveal that the doctor had a close personal relationship with a woman from an escort service -- Alcott apparently learned about the liaison because he also partook of the escort service's offerings.  Extortion, fake doctor's notes . . . sounds like Alcott had way too much free time while awaiting trial.  Any bets on whether the judge will buy the "acceptance of responsibility" argument at sentencing? (ph)

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