post by John Hoff
In a decision released today, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of swindler Marlon Terrell Pratt, (DOB 02/12/75) who was part of a remarkable "golden era" of mortgage fraud prosecutions in Hennepin County in the wake of our nation's economic meltdown fueled by subprime mortgages...
JNS blog extensively covered developments in the Pratt case, click here for a list of the articles on this blog mentioning "Marlon Pratt." Online court records show that on December 19, 2013, Pratt was given a prison sentence of 2 years, 292 days with credit for time served of the same exact amount. Pratt handled his own appeal pro se and in forma pauperis. His main argument was a desperate attempt to turn a minor discussion in judge's chambers into some kind of cloak-and-dagger conspiracy to derail justice.
In Pratt's defense, this guy did not have much of any criminal record (in Minnesota) prior to his conviction on multiple counts of mortgage fraud. He was guilty of not having a required permit--the case doesn't say what kind of permit though something involving a piece of property seems likely--and once he was convicted of fishing with an extra line. It's the only time I've seen that on MNCIS, but MNCIS is always a garden of little delights and surprises for legal junkies who are into that kind of thing.
Scrutinizing MNCIS records, Pratt has apparently kept out of trouble. JNS blog hopes this pattern continues and Mr. Pratt manages to turn his life around.