Washington • The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld the broad application of a federal anti-bank fraud law.
The justices sustained the bank fraud conviction of Kevin Loughrin, who used stolen checks as part of a scheme to take merchandise and cash from a Target store in Utah. Using checks from a bank brought Loughrin under the bank fraud statute. He was sentenced to three years in prison.
Justice Elena Kagan said for the court that the law does not require the government to prove that a defendant intended to defraud a bank. Lower courts had come to different conclusions on that topic.