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Court affirms ex-lawyer’s obstruction of justice conviction

A former Virginia lawyer sentenced to nearly four years in prison for submitting phony documents in his federal fraud case has lost his appeal.

Facing charges that he used an elderly client’s credit card for his own purposes, Bradley D. Wein allegedly created letters to make it appear his purchases were legitimate fee payments. A jury acquitted him of fraud but found him guilty of obstructing an official proceeding based on the letters.

Judge Henry Hudson sentenced Wein last year to 45 months in prison.

A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Wein’s challenge to evidentiary rulings and other incidents of his trial in an unpublished opinion Thursday.

Wein, formerly of Richmond, was disbarred by the Virginia State Bar for unrelated conduct while his criminal case was proceeding.

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