United States v. Vincent Prunty

NONPRECEDENTIAL DISPOSITION To be cited only in accordance with Fed. R. App. P. 32.1 United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit Chicago, Illinois 60604 Submitted October 15, 2020 Decided October 16, 2020 Before JOEL M. FLAUM, Circuit Judge ILANA DIAMOND ROVNER, Circuit Judge MICHAEL Y. SCUDDER, Circuit Judge No. 19-2834 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Appeal from the United States District Plaintiff-Appellee, Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division. v. No. 2:17CR37-002 VINCENT E. PRUNTY, James T. Moody, Defendant-Appellant. Judge. ORDER Vincent Prunty and his codefendants stole the personal identifying information of hundreds of victims, including patients at an Arizona hospital where Prunty worked. They used this information to fraudulently open or take control of bank accounts and credit cards and obtain merchandise, cash, gift cards, and services. Prunty pleaded guilty to one count each of wire fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1343, mail fraud, 18 U.S.C. § 1341, and aggravated identity theft, 18 U.S.C. § 1028A, in exchange for the government dropping dozens of other charges. Noting that at least 652 victims had their “lives changed forever” as a result of Prunty’s actions, the district court sentenced him to a No. 19-2834 Page 2 total of 154 months’ imprisonment followed by two years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay $182,887.40 in restitution. Although his plea agreement contains an express waiver of his right to appeal his conviction and “all components of his sentence,” Prunty filed a notice of appeal. His appointed counsel asserts that the appeal is frivolous and moves to withdraw. See Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 746 (1967). Prunty did not respond to counsel’s submission, see Cir. R. 51(b), which explains the nature of the case and addresses the issues that an appeal of this kind might be expected to involve. Because the analysis appears thorough, we limit our review to the potential arguments counsel discusses. See United States v. Bey, 748 F.3d 774, 776 (7th Cir. 2014). Counsel consulted with Prunty about the potential risks and benefits of trying to withdraw his guilty plea, see United States v. Konczak, 683 F.3d 348, 349 (7th Cir. 2012), and Prunty informed her that he does not wish to challenge his plea. Thus, counsel properly concludes that the voluntariness of the plea is not a potential issue for appeal. Id.; United States v. Knox, 287 F.3d 667, 671 (7th Cir. 2002). Counsel next considers whether Prunty could challenge his sentence and correctly concludes that Prunty’s broad waiver of his right to appeal forecloses such an argument. An appeal waiver “stands or falls with the underlying guilty plea,” and because Prunty does not wish to challenge his plea, his waiver would have to be enforced. See United States v. Zitt, 714 F.3d 511, 515 (7th Cir. 2013). Further, “[w]e will enforce an appellate waiver so long as the record clearly demonstrates that it was made knowingly and voluntarily.” United States v. Perillo, 897 F.3d 878, 883 (7th Cir. 2018) (internal quotations omitted). Counsel rightly concludes ...

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