USA v. Morad Abu Sliman, 05-3056. This is an amount of loss opinion. The defendant engaged in a scheme with others involving counterfeit and forged checks.

Held:  The government must prove sentencing enhancements by a preponderance of evidence standard.  Here, the district court determined that the intended fraud amount was reasonably foreseeable to the def, thus he is responsible for these co-conspirator amounts.

Further, the district court may consider any relevant information in sentencing a defendant as long as there is sufficient indicia of reliability to support it’s probable accuracy.

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