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Arizona Man Found Guilty In Las Vegas Mortgage Fraud Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — 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.

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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.