Man gets retrial over sleeping lawyer

2017-08-29 20:51
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Pittsburgh - A Pennsylvania businessman who has won a new trial because his first lawyer, who fell asleep during proceedings, has pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

James Nassida pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court in Pittsburgh to wire and bank fraud. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports his family and new lawyer declined to comment on the plea.

Federal agents say Nassida and his sister led a scheme to inflate borrower income and assets to obtain millions in fraudulent loans through their mortgage brokerage firm. The scheme was among the largest investigated by the local mortgage fraud task force.

Nassida's sister killed herself after the two were convicted last year.

However, a judge ruled Nassida was denied a fair trial because attorney Stan Levenson dozed off during the October trial in which he was convicted.

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