Supreme Court allows immigration court more leeway in deporting persons convicted of fraud

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The Supreme Court will let immigration court judges look to the facts of a particular case in determing the amount of loss in fraud cases. In immigration law, a person can be deported for a so-called aggravated felony (an immigration term of art) if the amount lost in a fraud case exceeds $10,000.

The story states, “The high court agreed to take the case, noting a division among appellate courts over whether the $10,000 threshold refers to the elements of a crime as outlined in fraud statutes or to the particular circumstances of an individual crime.”

The justices held that it refers to particular circumstances in which an offender committed a fraud or deceit crime on a particular occasion.”