Court of Appeals upholds Evans Landscaping convictions
CINCINNATI (STL.News) The United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling today affirming the convictions of Cincinnati businessman Doug Evans and his landscaping company.
Evans and Evans Landscaping Inc. were tried and convicted in December 2018 of two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and three counts of wire fraud arising out of their scheme to secure government contracts through a shell company. After four weeks of trial, the defendant and his company were found guilty on all counts and convicted of defrauding the City of Cincinnati and other public entities by fraudulently obtaining contracts reserved for small and minority businesses.
In January 2020, Evans was sentenced to 21 months in prison. Evans Landscaping was ordered to pay half a million dollars in fines.
In his appeal, Evans challenged the denial of his motion to suppress evidence, the District Court’s handling of various trial issues, and the jury instructions provided at the end of the trial.
During pretrial proceedings, Evans moved to suppress evidence obtained pursuant to search warrants, arguing that it violated his Fourth Amendment rights. The District Court denied the motion and the Court of Appeals upheld that denial today.