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Sentencing panel adjusts penalties for economic crimes

1 year 7 months 4 weeks ago April 09, 2015 Apr 9, 2015 Thursday, April 09 2015 April 09, 2015 1:49 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Sentencing Commission has voted to adopt changes to the guidelines that judges use in sentencing white-collar criminals.

The changes approved Thursday affect sentences in fraud cases.

They're designed in part to ensure that minor participants in fraud schemes are given different sentences than the crimes' ringleaders. The changes are also intended to take into account an individual's intent, and to remove some of the weight given to economic losses in calculating a white-collar sentence.

The commission also voted separately to increase penalties for hydrocodone trafficking.

The guideline changes voted on Thursday would go into effect November 1 unless Congress raises objections before then.

The commission is an independent panel that develops sentencing policy.

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