CoEd deleted from cutting-edge software tool A software industry veteran faces decades in prison for his role in the 2008 San Bernardino shooter. Now, he’ll spend the rest of his life collecting Social Security benefits.No one wants to read that sentence again and again. After all, how on earth could someone with CoEd Asmera’s 27 years of experience be convicted of such a thing? The answer is simple: He didn’t do it! A federal judge has thrown out co-conspirator Brian Wood’s conviction on federal hate crime charges — and left him out of the loop about what was going on behind the scenes.But this isn’t the first time that a respected industry figure has been thrown into jail for a minor infraction. In fact, you can go back almost every year for the last 24 years and find someone with similar criminal records waiting to be revealed as co-conspirator or co-offender.We have compiled a list of some of the most infamous cases where you can now go back in time and claim never having been caught. Read on to learn more about allegations against senior staff and how these convictions have impacted today’s workforce.
2006 – CoEd Asmera sentenced to 18 years in prison for role in San Bernardino shooter
In this case, co-conspirator Asmera was convicted for his role in the December 2006 shooting death of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ. During the trial, prosecutors told the jury that Asmera was the intended recipient of Giffords’s wedding ring. In fact, the prosecution argued that this was the only “date” that Giffords and her husband ever set foot in the US Capitol. The jury deadlocked, and the judge granted the motion to withdraw the inquiry. However, that guarantee stopped the prosecution. They were then able to prove that Giffords was actually running on the Republican Party’s presidential ticket in 2004. Asmera was freed on bond just a few months before he was due to go to trial.
2007 – CoEd Asmera sentenced to 10 years for computer hacking conviction
In this case, co-conspirator Asmera was convicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and insurance fraud convictions. After his arrest in 2006, prosecutors argued that he had created a “virtual” computer network that could easily be used to commit computer crimes. Asmera denied the charges, but the judge ordered him to pay $5 million in fines and fees and ordered him to sign a waiver acknowledging that he understood the nature and extent of his activities. The charge was later dropped, and Asmera went free on bond. But an insurance adjuster who discovered that Asmera was purchasing and selling insurance as CoEd recovered a massive insurance fraud on his behalf, Asmera was charged with insurance fraud again. This time he was found guilty and sentenced to eight years in prison.
2009 – CoEd Asmera sentenced to four years for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and insurance fraud convictions
In this case, co-conspirator Asmera was found guilty of conspiring to commit wire fraud and insurance fraud. The charges involved Lyle and Russell Bowers, who were part of a large insurance fraud group based in Las Vegas. They helped cover the fraudulent activity of others, including the July 2009 death of an Empresa de Hidroeléctricos (EHQ) employee later identified as Gaby Cariño. The jury also convicted co-conspirator Andres Kline of taking part in the same fraudulent activity as Kline and helping Lyle Bowers with their insurance fraud. Bowers was sentenced to five years in prison and Kline was ordered to four years on supervision.
2010 – CoEd Asmera sentenced to six years in prison for money laundering convictions
In this case, co-conspirator Asmera was found guilty of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and violating the antiextortion statute. In addition to all the money he had stolen from other people, Asmera had diverted funds intended for his own use into his own account to pay for luxury gifts for family members. Although he was found guilty on all counts, the judge allowed the jury to hear evidence about Bowers and his connection to the fraud. Bowers was sentenced to five years in prison, but the ruling didn’t stop the prosecution from trying to prove that he was also a co-conspirator.
2016 – CoEd Asmera convicted of making false statements, conspiracy, and using a computer without authorization convictions
In this case, co-conspirator Asmera was found guilty on five counts — two of making false statements and three of converting a computer file to another computer file without authorization. The first false statement involved a bank transaction where Asmera didn’t indicate that the money was from his own account. The second false statement involved a transaction that was found to be a dummy transaction and didn’t meet the definition of a direct transaction. The final false statement committed by Asmera involved an accident that he never caused and was soon after his release from jail.
Co-conspirators facing decades in prison for the samecharges have a unique opportunity to file an appeal. Federal law allows individuals to move from a state of appearance to a state of provenance during the pendency of a prosecution. The opportunity to file a challenge to a conviction is known as a “per curiam” ruling. Almost no appeals are considered successful, however — so the most fortunate co-conspirators usually manage to escape with a reduced sentence. If you or someone you know is facing trial for a crime related to the Co-Conspirators’ Network, speak up today and let the experts in the field know what you think. The more information you have, the better positioned you will be to challenge the verdict — and ultimately, get your life back.