USA v. Nastassja Sassau


Opinion issued by court as to Appellant Nastassja N. Sassau. Decision: Affirmed. Opinion type: Non-Published. Opinion method: Per Curiam. Motion to withdraw as counsel filed by Sharon K. Wilson is GRANTED. [7578249-2]. The opinion is also available through the Court's Opinions page at this link

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Case: 15-12641 Date Filed: 06/14/2016 Page: 1 of 2 [DO NOT PUBLISH] IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT ________________________ No. 15-12641 Non-Argument Calendar ________________________ D.C. Docket No. 3:14-cr-00098-MCR-10 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee, versus NASTASSJA N. SASSAU, Defendant-Appellant. __________________________ Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida _________________________ (June 14, 2016) Before MARTIN, JORDAN, and JULIE CARNES, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM: Nastassja Sassau pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956 and one count of making a false statement in furtherance of a criminal conspiracy. She was sentenced to 30 months in prison plus three years of supervised release. Sassau filed a timely notice of Case: 15-12641 Date Filed: 06/14/2016 Page: 2 of 2 appeal through her lawyer Sharon K. Wilson on June 11, 2015. On September 18, 2015, Wilson filed a motion to withdraw from the appeal. The motion included a brief based on Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87 S. Ct. 1396 (1967), explaining that Wilson had examined the record in Sassau’s case and concluded that an appeal would be wholly frivolous. In particular, the brief analyzed five potential issues that could have been raised on appeal and concluded that none had any merit. This Court’s Acting Clerk of Court then informed Sassau of her right to respond to Wilson’s motion. Sassau responded by filing a pro se brief raising issues related to the calculation of her sentence. Our independent review of the entire record reveals that Wilson’s assessment of the relative merit of the appeal is correct. This includes both the issues identified in Wilson’s brief and other issues that are apparent from Sassau’s pro se brief and the record in her case. Because independent examination of the entire record reveals no arguable issues of merit, counsel’s motion to withdraw is GRANTED, and Sassau’s convictions and sentences are AFFIRMED. 2

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