Money Launderer’s Habeas Corpus Request Tossed as Abuse of Writ

Oct. 21, 2020, 3:33 PM

The multiple habeas corpus petitions a convicted money launderer filed in several different federal courts were an abuse of the writ, the Fifth Circuit said.

To allow Roberto Beras’ petition, which has already been heard and denied by another circuit, would condone forum shopping and undermine the finality of judgment protected by the abuse of the writ doctrine, the per curiam opinion said.

Beras was convicted for using his money transfer business to send drug money to the Dominican Republic. He appealed his conviction but it was upheld by the Second Circuit.

Beras then filed a motion for post-conviction relief...

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