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Hunter Biden’s former business partner will face sentencing in a fraud case after a federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated his conviction.
Devon Archer, Hunter Biden’s business associate of many years, was convicted in 2018 after his involvement in a scheme attempting to scam a Native American tribe. Archer and his co-conspirators were accused of pressuring the Wakpamni Lake Community Association to issue economic-development bonds worth $60 million. These funds were then used in Archer’s businesses, instead of being invested into the Oglala Sioux Tribe. A federal judge in New York overturned Archer’s conviction later that year, citing insufficient evidence.
On Wednesday, October 7th, 2020, the New York 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Archer’s conviction. The three-judge panel rules that the lower court “abused its discretion in vacating the judgement and granting a new trial.” The court argued that Archer “knew at least the general nature and extent of the scheme and intended to bring about its success.” Archer’s sentence is scheduled for January 21st, 2021 (FOX).
Archer and Biden have worked together on several projects, including as partners at the Rosemont Seneca investment firm and as board members at the Ukrainian energy firm, Burisma.
President Trump has been quick to draw attention to Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma, including at the first presidential debate when he alleged that “he made a fortune” through illegitimate overseas business dealings. Vice President Biden has repeatedly defended Hunter, claiming that he “did nothing wrong” (Yahoo News).
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