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UNITED STATES v. HEINZE

decided: December 5, 1910.

UNITED STATES
v.
HEINZE, NO. 2.



ERROR TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK.

Author: Mckenna

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 MR. JUSTICE MCKENNA delivered the opinion of the court.

This case is brought here under the act of March 2, 1907, c. 2564 (34 Stat. 1246), and was advanced to be heard with and was heard with No. 380, just decided.

It involves substantially the same questions as No. 380. The indictment consists of fourteen counts, seven numbered and seven numbered and lettered. The court quashed the numbered counts, and its action as to six of them this writ of error is prosecuted to review.

The Circuit Court in its opinion expressed the similarity of this case and No. 380 as follows:

"From an examination of them which I recently made it appears, or would appear to me, that six out of the seven numbered counts in the indictment of 1910 there is exactly the same story as was contained in the corresponding number of counts in the indictment of 1909, with this difference: that the transaction which was said to have been evidenced by a demand note of 1909 is called in 1910 a demand loan, and it is then asserted, after stating the same facts in substance as those set forth in 1909, that there was a conversion."

And the view was expressed that if the indictment "had stopped there it might be good on demurrer." But special words followed, it was said, which defeated this effect, and made the statements of the indictment the same as the "corresponding statements of 1909, except that they have a label put on them and they are called 'conversion.'" And finding no "magic" in that word, the court further said, "the allegations set forth specially" did "not, even

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     prima facie, amount to a conversion." And that calling them such did not "help the matter."

We might assume the identity of the questions in the cases on this statement and rest the decision of this case on the opinion in No. 380, but it may be well to examine the indictment. The averment is that Heinze, with the intent to injure the Mercantile National Bank, did willfully misapply $60,000 of its moneys, funds and credits, "by unlawfully, knowingly, fraudulently and willfully, and not for any use, benefit or advantage of the said banking association, converting and applying the said moneys, funds and credits to the use, benefit and advantage of certain persons . . ." which said conversion and application of the said moneys, &c., were then and there accomplished by him by virtue of his power as president over such moneys, &c., and that he, at the time and place, and with the intent and to the use mentioned, willfully applied the said sum "to the making of a certain demand loan" to Otto Heinze & Co., "and which said loan, when so made as aforesaid, was not then and there well secured, which fact he . . . then and there well knew;" and did cause the proceeds of said loan to be paid out of the moneys, &c., of the bank, "and applied and converted to the use and benefit" of that firm, whereby the sum of $60,000 "then and there was wholly lost to the bank, and that its moneys, &c., were and are depleted in that amount."

Stripped of its repetitions, it charges that Heinze used his power and control as president of the bank to lend the sum of $60,000 of its moneys to Otto Heinze & Co. without taking any security whatever for it, and that this was done, not for the use of the bank, but for the use of such firm, and with the intent to defraud the bank and to convert and apply that sum to the use, benefit and advantage of such firm. And it is averred that it was wholly lost to the bank.

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     The other numbered counts contain the same allegations as count 1, except that they relate to different transactions, and with like exception the subsequent lettered counts relate to the same transactions as count 1 A. The latter count relates to the same transaction as count 1, except it alleges that the misapplication was for the benefit of Fritz Augustus Heinze and Otto Heinze & Co., while in the first count it is alleged that the misapplication was alone for the benefit of Otto ...


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