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Court of Appeals Finds That District Court Properly Denied Fraudster's Request for Compassionate Release

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire

          CONCORD – The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has affirmed a district court’s decision that denied Scott Farah’s request for compassionate release, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

            Farah, 56, is serving a 15-year prison sentence for mail fraud and wire fraud arising out of his participation in a multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.  In 2019, Farah asked the district court for compassionate release arguing, in part, that he needed to care for his elderly parents.  United States District Judge Paul Barbadoro denied Farah’s request on August 6, 2019. 

            Farah appealed this decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  In an order issued today, the Court of Appeals affirmed Judge Barbadoro’s decision, finding that he acted within his discretion in denying Farah’s request for compassionate release.

            “We are pleased with this decision, which will leave Mr. Farrah in prison to serve the remainder of the sentence that was justly imposed on him in 2011,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “Farah’s fraud scheme deprived his victims of millions of dollars and caused terrible damage to their lives. Hopefully this ruling will bring at least some closure for them.” 

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Updated July 31, 2020

Press Release Number: 20-095