Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of Kentucky at London.
No. 6:17-cr-00008-1—Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, District Judge.
Argued: February 4, 2020
Decided and Filed: November 10, 2020
Before: SUHRHEINRICH, STRANCH, and NALBANDIAN, Circuit Judges.
NALBANDIAN, Circuit Judge. In January 2018, a jury convicted Sharon Hall of eleven
counts of bank fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1344(1) and one count of identity theft in
violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1028A(a)(1). During her trial, Hall admitted that she signed her
children’s, niece’s, and sister’s names and altered her sister’s paystubs to obtain student loan
money. She maintained that she thought all her actions did not violate the law. And she claimed
that her family members orally gave her permission to apply for these loans. The jury convicted
Hall on all counts.
On appeal, Hall argues that (1) the district court’s jury instructions failed to cure the
purportedly duplicitous indictment; (2) the government did not produce enough evidence to
convict on Counts 11 and 12; (3) the prosecutor’s statements during closing argument were
flagrant enough to merit a new trial; and (4) the district court erred in denying her leave to file a
Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 33 motion for a new trial. We do not find these arguments
convincing, so we AFFIRM.