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3rd trial: Federal court jury finds Arizona man guilty in Las Vegas mortgage fraud case


LAS VEGAS — In a third trial, a federal court jury in Las Vegas found a 42-year-old Arizona man guilty of conspiracy and fraud in a scheme that prosecutors said bilked mortgage lenders out of more than $24 million.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Brett Depue of Gilbert, Arizona, was convicted Monday during a second day of jury deliberations following a four-day trial.

One juror was dismissed Friday and replaced with an alternate after notifying the judge that he thought he'd been drugged or poisoned.

Depue represented himself in court. His first trial in 2012 ended in a hung jury. A second jury convicted him.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Depue's nearly 22-year sentence, ruling that he didn't fully understand his waiver of counsel. That led to his retrial.

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